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IN THE PIT
(EN EL HOYO)
Grand Jury Prize Sundance Film Fest
Best Documentary Karlovy Vary Film Fest
"The unlikely beauty of Juan Carlos Rulfo's In the Pit is just one of the surprising complexities of this latest in an extraordinary wave of Mexican nonfiction cinema...If freeway construction can be viewed as a metaphysical act, this is the ultimate proof." -Variety
"One of the most poignant views of today's working class...The film's sophisticated structure, as complex as the Periférico [highway] itself, makes the film transcendental" -FIPRESCI
Tip of the Week! "Exquisite...one of the most fitting, apposite endings you might imagine." -New City Chicago
"Hypnotic" -Time Out Chicago
"Rulfo's time-lapse, motion-control cinematography is a visual delight. Best, though, is the musique concrete score by composer Leonardo Heiblum." -Chicago Sun-Times
Recommended! -Chicago Reader
Mexico City, one of the most populated cities in the world, bustles daily with over three million cars, traveling in and out and all over its metropolis. Between 2003 and 2005, crews of construction workers were dealt the task of building a second level on Mexico City's Periferico Freeway to cope with the expanding traffic. Following one such construction crew over two years, Juan Carlos Rulfo's documentary shows the struggles and daily travails of building a freeway without the machinery expected in modern construction. In the dirt and grime of a too-often dangerous job, he finds unlikely beauty in the characters of everyday workmen, such as `Shorty' and `El Grande' whose philosophies on life are at polar opposites. Alongside the mystical beliefs of the nightwatchmen and the frustrations of other workers on the project, Rulfo opens a clear window into the worlds of these workers who are passed by everyday by a whole city and who will never receive the recognition they deserve.
Directed by Juan Carlos Rulfo, Mexico, 2005, 35mm, 80 mins.