Sunday, January 27, 2008

"Cobrador" by Paul Leduc

My hubby got us a special invitation to Mexico City's premiere of Paul Leduc's "Cobrador: In God We Trust" on Friday, Jan. 25 at the Lumiere Theatre.

Cobrador is a crime drama threading together stories by an important Brazilian writer, Rubem Fonseca. Fonseca's stories were based on actual events like the Green River serial killer, the "Railway Killer", and a Bolivian miner who blew himself up for his demands to be heard. The director, Paul Leduc, added his own element of an Argentinian photographer-abducted child who suffers for the lost identity of her parents to make stronger the film's political critique point of view.

A chance meeting with an abused Brazilian mine worker pairs the two together to "collect" revenge from people who are symbols responsible for what they have lost; an abusive dentist in America, an indifferent leader meeting at a world economic forum in Mexico, a Brazilian gold mine guard turned police and a rich mine owner who hides his impotency by running over foreign immigrant women in America.

Cobrador was filmed in Buenos Aires, Guadalajara, and Mexico DF. It won Special Jury Award at Gramado Film Festival and Best Editing at Havana Film Festival.

Paul Leduc is highly respected for his socially conscious films. Reed: Insurgent Mexico made distinct the "New Cinema" movement in Mexico. He keeps his provoking style of minimal dialogue from Frida: Naturaleza Viva. The impressive gold mine labor scene in Cobrador recalls Reggio Godfrey's lyrical documentary Powaqqatsi.

Cast: Peter Fonda, Antonella Costa and Lazaro Ramos.

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