Juanicas, 2015, Canadá-México, 78 min


This autobiographical debut feature is the harrowing chronicle of a family struggling with rootlessness and mental illness. When she learns that her brother Juan has returned to Quebec after spending time in Mexico, his place of origin, Karina García Casanova decides to film him. Her purpose is clear from the beginning, she is not interested in home movies, but is willing to make a real film. His project quickly takes a dramatic turn when Juan suffers a desperate relapse of depression and paranoia. It is not unusual for a feature film to emerge from a fairly personal journey; but rare are those that demonstrate such mature introspection. Here the cinema is nothing less than the essential tool to reconstruct being.

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VOD disponible en México.


Awards & Festivals

Script y Directed by: Karina García Casanova.
Producers: Karina García Casanova, Daniela Flori.
Executive Producers: Bob Moore, Mila Aung-Thwin,
Daniel Cross.
Cinematography: Karina García Casanova, Pablo Alvarez-Mesa, Glauco Bermudez, Carlos Ferrand.

– Special Jury Prize for Best Ibero-American Documentary, FIDOCS, 2015
– Special Jury Mention for Best Ibero-American Documentary, Guadalajara International Film Festival, 2015
– Special Jury Mention for Best Documentary First Feature, Rendez Vous du Cinéma Québecois, 2015

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