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April 10, 2013 | posted in Filmmakers
Mexican director and writer Gabriel Mariño was looking for something different. He was studying history, but wanted more. Film was always part of his life, so he decided to study film at the Centro de Capacitacion Cinematografica, the public film school in Mexico City.
He visits Cleveland for the first time with his film, “A Secret World.” The film centers on Maria, an 18-year-old woman who leaves her home in Mexico City to begin a secret and mysterious journey of self-discovery.
The story “comes from me, and friends and friends´ friends,” says Marino, who thinks of his film as an “homage” to and an attempt to “exorcize” from his own adolescence. According to Marino, the film is “a story about self-discovery.” [It’s about ] making contact with “your best and worst self” and moving toward the light.
Marino met Lucia Uribe, who plays the main character, ten years ago, when she was 11 years-old. He needed to cast a kid for a film project he was working on in school. Lucia was that kid. And “it was pretty clear that she had a lot of talent,” he says.
Years later, when he started to develop the storyline for “A Secret World,” she was about 17 years-old. “I kept thinking about her,” he says. “And I decided to write the script for her. I knew she would be perfect, and she was.”
Others think so, too. Audiences in Mexico, and across the globe have noticed both the actress and the film. “In her debut role, Uribe owns the film completely,” says the review in Variety.
As you watch Lucia on her trek, you’ll also be able to journey through Mexico with her. Audiences start out in chaotic and vibrant Mexico City and travel to the deserts of Sinaloa and the vast oceans of La Paz.
For Marino, it was truly a project where he director and the whole team “poured their hearts into the picture.”
--Anne M. DiTeodoro
Photo by George F. Gund.
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