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  • dir. Diego Quemada-Diez

  • Year. 2013

  • country. Mexico

  • run-time. 108 mins

  • rating. 12

£6.00 (£4.50 conc.)
Doors 19:30 - Film 20:00

We continue our Latin American Cinema season with the very polemic The Golden Dream.

From Ken Loach's protege, Diego Quemada-Diez, comes this astounding and gripping debut feature, that is a piercing and poetic road movie that follows the fortunes of four Guatemalan teenagers on a dangerous journey across the Mexican border into America.

Using improvisational techniques and non-professional actors, The Golden Dream has astounded and won critical praise world over, garnering numerous awards including a specially created prize, UN CERTAIN REGARD BEST TALENT PRIZE by Cannes Jury members in 2013.

"A beautiful film, full of human warmth, compassion and truth. The struggle of the innocent is caught with precision. And it is clear that the real enemy is beyond their reach or comprehension, but nonetheless very present in the film. Terrific!" Ken Loach

WINNER: Best Ensemble Cast - Cannes Film Festival

A beautiful, harrowing an brilliant film with some of the most natural performances I’ve ever seen. Director Quemada-Diez is a protégé of Ken Loach and his debut film is every bit as good as Loach’s finest output. A masterpiece.
— Daniel Parsons
The filmmaking is fluid and electric; the acting, precise; the archetypal storytelling, seamless and brutal.
— John Anderson - Wall Street Journal
Through little dialogue, mostly improvised by the nonprofessional cast, Quemada-Díez creates much compassion toward his young travelers and the emotional truths they uncover.
— Robert Abele - Los Angeles Times
It works equally well as a Huckleberry Finn-like adventure story and as a brutal realist drama highlighting the exploitation of young migrants.
— Geoffrey Macnab The Independent (UK)