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MUXES

come here to let go of our pain


Sometimes it’s necessary to stop and admire the beauty of just being and to have the sensitivity to show it through a magical and vibrant story like Finlandia.

 

We need to make seen what for many is unacceptable. In the 21st century, somewhere in Mexico, Juchitan de Zaragora to be exact, lives a community of sensitive, beautiful, and vulnerable people called the Muxes.

 

They take care of the elderly, educate, do work for the community and are the most fun and creative people in the world. They make their own clothing designs and flaunt them like true queens on the cover of magazines. Like other communities, they have been victim to the international textile industry stealing their designs and the intolerance of some of their own peers.

VOGUE UK AND MEXICO´S DECEMBER COVER IS MAKING HISTORY

DELIRIO

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Delirio is a spiritual leader, and mentor for the young Muxes.

A devastating earthquake hits Oaxaca and causes hundreds to fall victim to its effects. The drastic physical effects are felt in Mexico while across the globe its emotional effects are felt in Finland.

This seismic movement has caused an emotional tremor in the lives of people with secrets, frustrations, and hidden relationships that will materialise amongst the debris, screams, and dust. 

After this earthquake, nothing will be the same for the lives of the Muxes.

The first body found after the earthquake belongs to Delirio, an elderly Muxe. They are not a man or a woman. They are a pioneer that has fought for decades so that people like them could find their place in a patriarchal and sexist society. Delirio is a spiritual leader, and mentor for the young Muxes.

They also have a special gift:

They have premonitions of death, even of strangers

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MARIANO

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Mariano is a young boy that has felt different since the day he was born.

He shares a strong bond with Delirio. He spends a lot of time with them, and considers them to be like a second parent that has taught him how to both knit and cook.

Delirio gives him the advice he needs in order to find out what his heart truly desires, so he can accept his destiny and become a Muxe.

After this earthquake, nothing will be the same for the lives of the Muxes.

Mariano’s father abandoned them when he was a baby.

He left his hometown for good when he realised that he felt the same as his son and would never be happy in such an oppressive and intolerant place.

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AMARANTA

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Amaranta takes care of her father, a loathsome, aggressive, and alcoholic man who has been deaf for 20 years and blames her for his disability.

Despite being totally deaf, Amaranta’s father has been cursed and is only able to hear the waves of the ocean washing up on the shore.

Amaranta’s loneliness and the terrible violent home in which they lives have turned her into a sad, resentful, and seemingly evil person. They write made-up love letters passing themselves off as an old lover of Delirio.

Those letters are the only comfort for her sick heart.

They have spent their life wishing for the death of their father until eventually the earthquake takes his life and sets them free from their toxic relationship.

Earthquakes are the way in which the Earth can free itself of its ghosts.

The Muxes of Oaxaca will do the same with theirs.

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“Canon supports FINLANDIA  because it’s a project that speaks through
images.  The director of photography, David Palacios, shoots the best
shots using his C700 camera and the latest lenses, SUMIRE, which gives
the film a picturesque touch and extreme sensitivity to each one of the images.”

Carlos Castán-Canete, IP Manager Canon España

“The film has made me understand the importance of respecting and empathizing with these amazing human beings. Although in our society people may not understand its purpose, the Muxes show a sensitivity and generosity for their elders and the community that we would like to have as well.” 

 

NACHO RUIZ CAPILLAS, EDITOR

“The film has made me understand the importance of respecting and empathizing with these amazing human beings. Although in our society people may not understand its purpose, the Muxes show a sensitivity and generosity for their elders and the community that we would like to have as well.”

NACHO RUIZ CAPILLAS, EDITOR


Cast

NOÉ HERNÁNDEZ

“What I experienced with the Muxes has been tattooed on my skin like a fight between the wind and waves that exists within their resistance.”

ANDREA GUASCH

“Discovering, knowing, feeling Mexico. Connecting, admiring, and empathizing with the Muxes.”

CUAUHTLI JIMÉNEZ

“Amaranta showed me that you have to be loyal to yourself until the very end, even if the rest of the world is falling apart.”

ÁNGELES CRUZ

“She represents the castrating and frightening position these mothers take when confronting the possibility of their sons being a Muxe.”

LEONARDO ALONSO

“I had to break myself open and move past my limits, leaving behind other characters I’ve portrayed and performances I’ve given.”

ERICK ISRAEL CONSUELO

“I spoke through Mariano about the acceptance between what we are and what we should be according to others.”

RAQUEL MENOR

The Muxes’ stories deserve to be told to the whole world. Their contribution to society must be both recognized and protected.”

“The world of the Muxes is so luring and so magical that when my eyes saw it, it became entwined with my heart.”

JESÚS CABALLERO, SCREENWRITTER

“The world of the Muxes is so luring and so magical that when my eyes saw it, it became entwined with my heart.”

JESÚS CABALLERO, SCREENWRITTER

Director

HORACIO ALCALÁ

Horacio Alcalá, born in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1978, is a film director and screenwriter. He acquired his experience through independent projects in Berlin, full length films in France as well as short films and documentaries in Spain. His work has garnered worldwide recognition from prestigious festivals such as the International Film Festivals in Boston, New York, Tokyo and Palm Springs. After 7 years working at the Cirque du Soleil, Horacio moved to Madrid and began working as a director on different projects focusing on visual arts and circus narrative. Currently he is developing documentary projects for the European Union through the CBC programs (Cross Border Cooperation) and the TESIM program of the European Commission, while also directing documentary short films on human rights issues for UNHCR.

Producers

RAQUEL MENOR

Was born in Orense, Spain in November 1969. Having specialised in International Trade and English language, she has spent most of her professional career dedicated to her companies by employing the business framework in foreign markets. She began her career as an audiovisual producer in 2017 when she brought to life the feature length documentary, My Kingdom Come (2019). She has worked as a producer on other projects such as the fictional short film Rain Machine (2018), the pilot for the series Canapé Club (2019), and is currently working on the feature length film The Worm King which is to be released in 2022.

AITOR ECHEVERRÍA INSAUSTI

Is a film producer, businessman and photographer born in Anaco, Venezuela. He spent most of his youth living between Anaco, Donosti, and Madrid (where he studied and is currently based in). In 1994 he moved to Glasgow, Scotland and started his career as a producer helping with the development of the movie The Embassy. In 2002 he produced the short film “Imago” starring renowned Spanish actor Sergio Peris-Mencheta. In 2006 he produced the short films “No News from Bosnia” (filmed in France and Germany) and “Embrace My Memories.” In 2013 he produced the documentary Grazing the Sky (directed by Horacio Alcalá in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil). In 2019 he collaborated with the production of the documentary My Kingdom Come.

ERNESTO BARRAZA

Is a sound designer, editor and technician born and based in Mexico City. He studied in Academia G. Martell in Mexico City and holds a Sound Engineering degree from CEV Barcelona He has worked as a sound designer and editor on several feature length films such as Toscano: Son of God (2018), Aerosol (2015), and Santos Peregrinos (2014). In 2019 he worked in the production department for the feature length film My Kingdom Come.


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