Directed by Karina Garcia Casanova
This autobiographical first film is a heartbreaking chronicle of a family
struggling with rootlessness and mental illness. When she learns that her
brother Juan has returned to Quebec after spending some time in their
birthplace, Mexico, Karina Garcia Casanova decides to film him. Her
purpose is clear from the start: she is not interested in home movies, she is
going to make a real film. And her project quickly takes a dramatic turn
when Juan suffers a relapse into a desperate bout of depression and
paranoia. It is not unusual for a first film to come out of a very personal
journey; but rare are those that demonstrate such mature introspection.
Here, cinema is nothing less than an essential tool for reconstructing the
self. (Bruno Dequen)
- Special Jury Mention for Best Ibero-American Documentary. Guadalajara International Film Festival. March 2015.
- Special Jury Mention for Best First Documentary. Rendez Vous du Cinéna Québecois. Feb. 2015
- Special Mention for Best New Talent from the National jury. RIDM. Nov. 2014
- Special Mention for best documentary from the Student Jury. RIDM. Nov. 2014
- Grand Prize Winner of Doculab 1.0 of the Guadalajara Film Festival in Los Angeles. Rough cut stage. Sept. 2014
Karina Garcia Casanova is a Mexican born filmmaker based in Montreal, Canada. Her award winning short films (The Great Thinkers, Disown Delete) have been broadcast and shown in numerous films festivals and institutions (Clermont-Ferrand, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Sapporo Short Film Festival, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, etc. JUANICAS is her first feature documentary.
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