The Hole in the Fence (2023)
Director: Joaquín del Paso Run Time: 102 min. Release Year: 2021
Starring: Jacek Poniedziałek, Lucciano Kurti, Santiago Barajas Hamue, Valeria Lamm, Yubáh Ortega Iker Fernández
Country: Mexico, Poland
About the film:
Official Selection, 2021 Venice Film Festival
At a secluded exclusive summer camp in the Mexican countryside, under the watchful eyes of their adult guardians, boys from a prestigious private school receive physical, moral and religious training to turn them into tomorrow’s elite. The discovery of a hole in the fence sets in motion a chain of disturbing events as the boys devolve into a Lord of the Flies-like mob mentality that creates and spreads hysteria in this profoundly disturbing coming-of-age drama that unravels like a horror movie while drawing on actual events. Features an original score by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein (Stranger Things).
About the filmmaker:
Joaquín del Paso is a cinematographer-turned-director who was born in Mexico City and works internationally. He attended the Polish National Film School (Łódź) and the International Film School (Cuba). He has participated in Berlinale Talents and IFF Rotterdam Producers lab, and is a co-founder of Amondo Films, a collective based in Warsaw, Delhi and Mexico. His award-winning first feature Panamerican Machinery (2014) premiered at Berlinale Forum 2016, won two Ariel Awards in Mexico, and earned recognition at festivals around the world.
His second feature film, The Hole in the Fence (2023), won the Bisato d’Oro award for Best Photography in the Horizons section at the 2021 Venice Film Festival and made Mexico’s shortlist for the country’s official entry at the 95th Academy Awards.See our upcoming films