Strange but True

Extraño pero verdadero
Director: Michel Lipkes

Mexico, 2017, drama, 92 minutes, spanish with lithuanian subtitles, N-18

Strange but True, the second feature film from Mexican director Michel Lipkes, turns its lense to the ruthlessness of contemporary Mexico: the tragedy, beauty and brief glimpses of beauty in its everyday.

Present-day Mexico City has over 8 million inhabitants and is filled with refuse and waste. This refuse is the livelihood of lovers Johathan and Yesi, who inhabit these streets and have to hide their love from the brutal leader of their gang. Everything changes when they discover a corpse with pockets full of money: as Jonathan and Yesi plan their escape from the merciless underbelly of Mexico City, tragedy looms. Strange but True is a sharp and unconventional love story filmed in luscious black and white, showcasing Lipkes‘s devotion to cinephilia and a truly sophisticatesd cinematic language throughout the film, referencing classic cinema and its symbols.

About the director:

Film director, producer and writer Michel Lipkes was born in 1978, in Mexico. He studied at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica in Mexico City and started working as a programme director for the city‘s international film festival during his studies. Since then, he has programmed for many festivals and institutes, including the Guadalajara International Film Festival and the Cineteca Nacional. His short films have been awarded at various festivals, Malaventura (2011) being his feature debut. Strange But True (2017) is his second feature film and had its premiere at the 2017 edition of the Rotterdam International Film Festival. According to Lipkes, his main sources of inspiration are Mexico City itself and the classics of Mexican cinema such as Los Olvidados and the works of Luis Buñuel.

Section: Wide Angle

Screenplay: Michel Lipkes, Gabriel Reyes, Rubén Imaz

Dir. of Photography: Gerardo Barroso Alcalá

Music: Galo Durán

Cast: Alfredo Blanco, Kristyan Ferrer, Luis Enrique Parra, Itzel Sarmientos