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Film Info
Country Listing:Mexico
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:International Spectrum
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Rodrigo Reyes
Producer(s):Andrew Houchens
Inti Cordera
Executive Producer(s):Steve Holmgren
Carter Logan
Co-Producer(s):David Felix Sutcliffe
Associate Producer(s):Sam Schild
Consulting Producer(s):Gunter Hanfgarn
Su Kim
David Felix Sutcliffe
Editor(s):Andrea Chignoli
Daniel Chávez Ontiveros
Writer(s):Rodrigo Reyes
Lorena Padilla
Alicia Valencia
Cinematography:Alejandro Mejía
Composer:Pablo Mondragón
Sound:Ricardo Arteaga


Winner—Special Jury Prize – International Feature Documentary

Five centuries since Cortés conquered the Aztec Empire, award-winning director Rodrigo Reyes brings to the screen one of the most powerful examinations of the systemic effects of colonialism in Mexico. Blending fictionalized elements with documentary, 499 follows a conquistador who embarks on a journey to retrace the destructive route the Spanish army took from the shores of Veracruz to Tenochtitlán (modern-day Mexico City). As past collides with present, he bears witness to his actions and hears the poignant stories of real people, getting to the root of the wave of violence that is overtaking contemporary Mexico. Told with outstanding cinematography and sound design, 499 leads audiences to confront the haunting echoes of colonization. What is the true impact of history in our lives today? And how can we stop the cycle of violence and right the wrongs of the past? Heather Haynes

This film includes a pre-recorded Q&A.

International Spectrum program supported by
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