Rafael 1 Sun, Oct 7, 2018 2:00 PM
Film Info
Category:Viva El Cine
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:115 min.
Director:Alonso Ruizpalacios
Producer:Gael García Bernal
Brian Cox
Manuel Alcalá
Screenwriter:Manuel Alcalá
Alonso Ruizpalacios
Cinematographer:Damián García
Editor:Yibran Asuad
Cast:Gael García Bernal
Leonardo Ortizgris
Alfredo Castro
Simon Russell Beale
Print Source:Vitagraph Films
Note Writer:Delfin Vigil


With choruses of charm and suspense, director Alonso Ruizpalacios (Güeros) steals the muse from museum in this mesmerizing thriller, the Best Screenplay award winner at the Berlin International Film Festival. Inspired by a notorious 1985 art heist that resulted in the theft of more than 100 Mesoamerican and Mayan artifacts from Mexico's National Museum of Anthropology, Museo follows perpetual students Juan (Gael García Bernal) and Wilson (Leonardo Ortizgris), the unlikely culprits behind the scandal that rocked a nation. Are they acting on behalf of the Mayan gods, or just acting out? Who gets to decide if it’s preservation or if it’s plundering? Clarity and objectivity are obscured with precision through Ruizpalacios’ lucid dreamlike camera as we hear the poetic reminiscing of a wiser Wilson’s narration and joyfully cringe at the magnetism of García Bernal at his most devilishly comedic as a moody bandito.

Expected guest: Director Alonso Ruizpalacios (Oct. 7)

Additional Information

Alonso Ruizpalacios’ debut feature, Güeros (2014), won over 40 international prizes at film festivals, including Best First Feature at the Berlin International Film Festival, and won five Ariel Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. His second feature, Museum, won the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the Berlin International Film Festival. He shared the 2018 SXSW Audience Award with director So Yong Kim for his work on the pilot episode of the Starz series Vida. His short, Green (2016), was nominated for the Best Short Fiction Film Ariel Award.