A Secret World


Sun, Apr 29

   3:20 / PFA

Mon, Apr 30

   6:30 / FSC

Wed, May 2

   6:00 / Kabuki

Un mundo secreto

New Directors

Mexico, 2012, 93 min


Gabriel Mariño
Tatiana Graullera, Jesús Magaña
Gabriel Mariño
Iván Hernández
Pedro G. García, Gabriel Mariño
Andrés Sánchez
Lucia Uribe, Roberto Mares, Olivia Lagunas, Claudia Rios
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The final day of high school marks the beginning of an emotional journey for María (Lucia Uribe), a young loner who sets off from Mexico City toward the Pacific Coast. What she is doing and where she is going is anybody’s guess. The glimpses director Gabriel Mariño offers into her inner life reveal a desperate imagination and a broken heart, while retaining a profound sense of mystery. Uribe’s impressive acting limns a depth of feeling the teenager hasn’t yet learned to articulate. Roberto Mares offers an equally potent performance as Juan, a shy young man attempting to flee his impoverished background for the United States. The Mexican landscape is stark and beautiful, but Mariño uses it carefully, emphasizing the profound solitude of introverted dreamers rather than the romance of unlimited possibilities. He makes equally careful use of perspective and focus when examining the landscapes of feeling offered by the human face. The profound silences between María and those she encounters on the road represent human interactions as raw, painful and furtive. She must travel more deeply into her solitude, through stunned and empty spaces, toward a lyrical contact with her own dreams.

—Stephen Beachy

Special support for this program generously provided by the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco and Aeromexico. North American Premiere.

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Gabriel Mariño

Gabriel Mariño is from Puebla, Mexico, and studied history as well as filmmaking before writing and directing A Secret World. The film had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival. He has referred to A Secret World as an attempt to show how Mexican youth feel in a world of few possibilities, describing it as a universal film with an emotional message about loneliness, the sense of not belonging and the search for oneself.