The Fantastic World of Juan Orol

August 11, 2013 @ 5:00 pm
North End Studios
294 North Winooski Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401

Director: Sebastián del Amo
Mexico | 2012 | Narrative | Spanish w/English subtitles
Narrative | 90 minutes
Film source: Global Lens

The Fantastic World of Juan Orol


Move over Ed Wood! Mexico’s half-forgotten B-movie master, “involuntary surrealist” Juan Orol, receives a pitch-perfect tribute in this irresistible love letter to a self-made man of showbiz, whose career spanned nearly sixty films. In a glorious black-and-white flashback mingling movie-tainted memories of his Galician childhood, forced exile to Cuba and arrival in Mexico, intrepid “Juanito“ pursues failed careers as baseball player, boxer, bullfighter and gangster before landing in the movies—where failure kind of works for him. As Orol, Roberto Sosa exudes droll underdog charm, anchoring a fast-moving comedy where every frame is an infectious homage to a golden age of cinema, the wile of memory and the art of fantasy.

About the Director

About the Director Sebastián del Amo was born in Paris, France in 1971 and attended school in Mexico beginning at a young age. He studied filmmaking at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC) in Mexico City. He has worked as a director, writer and director of photography for numerous short films.The Fantastic World of Juan Orol is his first feature film.

A full Study Guide about the film, prepared by the Global Film Initiative, can be downloaded here (PDF)