The Gasoline Thieves (Huachicolero)



Rafael 3 Fri, Oct 4, 2019 6:00 PM
Century Larkspur 3 Sat, Oct 5, 2019 7:30 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
¡Viva el Cine!
Running Time:93 min.
Director:Edgar Nito
Producer:Josh Sobel
Victor Leycegui
Annick Mahnert
Mario Kenyon
Screenwriter:Alfredo Mendoza
Edgar Nito
Cinematographer:Juan Pablo Ramírez
Editor:Sam Baixauli
Cast:Regina Reynoso
Eduardo Banda
Print Source:AMP International
Note Writer:Jeff Campbell


Desde los primeros momentos, cuando dos huachicoleros (o ladrones de gasolina) asesinan a un ladrón de una facción rival, un aire implacable de violencia y temor se cierne sobre el cautivador debut del director Edgar Nito, cuya película arenosa y sin adornos captura desgarradoramente las tragedias ordinarias de personas decentes que luchan por sobrevivir en un sistema roto.


From the very first moments—when two huachicoleros, or gasoline thieves, murder a rival poacher—an unrelenting air of violence and dread hangs over Edgar Nito’s riveting feature debut. Set against a backdrop of petrol shortages rigged by corrupt politicians, the story centers on awkward, 14-year-old Lalo—played with unguarded sweetness by newcomer Eduardo Banda—who thinks the only way to woo his crush is to buy her a smartphone. Yet this simple desire to impress a pretty girl crashes against the poverty that defines Mexican village life, and it becomes the fulcrum for tragedy when Lalo agrees to join the local huachicoleros in order to get money. The gritty, unvarnished filmmaking is controlled, quiet, and intimate: You can smell the dust and gasoline, feel the longing and desperation, almost squint beneath the unromantic sun or into harsh headlights stabbing the night, framing shadowy silhouettes. Ultimately, Nito captures the heartbreaking ordinariness of decent people struggling within a broken system with no room for innocence.

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Additional Information

Edgar Nito graduated with honors from Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica in Mexico where he directed, produced, and wrote several shorts. His film, And I’ll Come Back… (2010), won Best Short Film Award at the Guanajuato International Film Festival. The Gasoline Thieves (Huachicolero) (2019) is his feature debut.