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Best Film San Sebastian Film Fest
Best Film Morelia Film Fest
Audience Award & Special Mention Nantes Film Fest
"I was profoundly impressed; the impact was 100% emotional." -Alejandro González Iñarritu (Dir. Amores Perros)
"A documentary with a proper fiction structure" -Miradas de Cine
"These talented co-directors create an especially intimate environment; at times it seems they must be invisible to their subjects, as several of the moments they capture on film are hard to believe - and, at times, hard to stomach." -Diana Sanchez (Toronto Film Festival)
Fernando Pacheco, aka El Suicida, is a young bullfighter who doesn't fight in the great arenas of Mexico, but rather in the popular festivals of the small Mayan communities of the Yucatan Peninsula. With unbelievable, and at times disturbing, closeness, documentary filmmakers González-Rubio and Carlos Armella follow Pacheco's life in and out of the bullring. A warm-hearted and honest character, Pacheco is a man whose self-destructive behavior - heavy alcohol and drug use, even in the ring - bring his private life and public performance to extremes of insanity. But it is ultimately Pacheco's wife (who is also his manager) who pays the highest price for his behavior, and the camera relentlessly stays on their relationship, even during the crude scenes of domestic violence. Toro Negro achieves moments of extreme realism that fascinate and produce high tension. Human passions and conflicts are explored with rawness and humor and the film proves that reality can have much greater suspense and be far more captivating than fiction.
Directed by Pedro González Rubio and Carlos Armella, Mexico, 2005, BetacamSP; 87 mins. In Spanish with English subtitles.