March 18 – 29
At Tower City
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Country: MEXICO, FRANCE, SPAIN
Run Time: 100 minutes
When Uncle Gerry becomes ill, he puts his 17-year-old nephew Sebastian in charge of the seedy motel he runs. It's certainly not the classiest joint - customers rent by the hour, and curtains are pulled over the garages so no one can see their cars from the street. With his uncle away in the city for treatment, Sebastian is left alone to take care of the daily operations. It's a boring existence that is void of any real interactions since the customers are usually in a hurry. He's also forced to clean up after them, as the motel still doesn't have a competent maid. Miranda, a real estate agent, comes to the motel frequently to hook up with her married boyfriend, who's often late or doesn't show. The loneliness between them leads Miranda and Sebastian to small talk, forming a friendship that teeters on the brink of sex. She's drawn to his innocence, while his hormones are enamored by the guidance of an older, more experienced woman. But, as THE EMPTY HOURS skillfully demonstrates, sex isn't everything. (In Spanish with subtitles) —E.F.
Aarón Fernández, Frédéric Premel, Christophe Bouffil, Alejandro Palma
Ana Laura Calderón
Kristyan Ferrer, Adriana Paz, Eliseo Lara Martínez, Rebeca Villacorte, Bartolo Campos
Aarón Fernández is a Mexican filmmaker who was born in Chihuahua in 1972. He holds an M.A. in Film and Audiovisual Studies from Paris-Sorbonne University in France. Along with friends, he started the production company Santa Lucia Cine. Fernández currently resides in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
"Used Parts" (2007), THE EMPTY HOURS (2013)