Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

X500
(X Quinientos)

Year: 2016
Country: CANADA, COLOMBIA, MEXICO
Language: English, French, Mazahua, Spanish, Tagalog
Run Time: 108 minutes

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In X500 three young migrants struggle to adapt to their new surroundings. Maria arrives in Canada from Manila to live with her grandmother after the death of her mother. Bullied by her classmates for her outdated fashion choices, she finds herself lost in an identity crisis. How far will she go to fit in? Meanwhile, Alex is deported from the United States back to Colombia, where his neighborhood has been taken over by dangerous criminals. In order to protect his family, he must decide where he stands in the brewing battle of good versus evil. Lastly there’s David, who left his indigenous village for Mexico City. He now lives with his gang-member cousin, who’s forcefully pushing David to join. Instead, he finds himself immersed in the world of punk rock, desperately searching for a way to escape his cousin’s plans for him. Though miles apart, Maria, Alex, and David are on a very similar journey. X500 explores self-identity and the human need to belong. Though the trio’s circumstances are more dire than most, the film offers a relatable message in its search for inclusion. (In English, French, Mazahua, Spanish, and Tagalog with subtitles) —E.F.

CIFF41 Screenings

Sunday, April 02, 2017 at 8:30 PM

Monday, April 03, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Sidebars
CINEMA EN ESPAÑOL
RACE RELATIONS

Director
Juan Andrés Arango

Juan Andrés Arango was born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1976. He studied cinematography and television at the National University of Colombia. X500 was nominated for the Bronze Horse for Best Film at the 2016 Stockholm Film Festival.

Filmography
"La Playa DC" (2012), X500 (2016)

Producers
Yanick Létourneau, Jorge Andrés Botero, Edher Campos, Luis Salinas

Screenwriting
Juan Andrés Arango

Cinematography
Nicolas Canniccioni

Editing
Felipe Guerrero

Principal Cast
Jembie Almazán, Jonathan Diaz Angulo, Bernardo Garnica Cruz

Media Partner

La Mega 87.7

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