Move over Ed Wood! Mexico’s half-forgotten B-movie master, “involuntary surrealist” Juan Orol, receives a pitch-perfect tribute in this irresistible love letter to a self-made man of showbiz, whose career spanned nearly sixty films.
In a glorious black-and-white flashback mingling movie-tainted memories of his Galician childhood, forced exile to Cuba and arrival in Mexico, intrepid “Juanito” pursues failed careers as a baseball player, boxer, bullfighter and gangster before landing in the movies—where failure kind of works for him. As Orol, Roberto Sosa exudes droll underdog charm, anchoring a fast-moving comedy where every frame is an infectious homage to a golden age of cinema, the wile of memory and the art of fantasy.
“A clever camp homage to Orol, this film playfully explores the filmmaker’s cult legacy, including visuals that deftly evoke the vintage stock of bygone eras, and the budget aesthetic of its subject.” – AFI Silver
“A visually playful biopic on Mexico’s Ed Wood.” –Variety
‘The Fantastic World of Juan Orol’ is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative.
In Spanish with English subtitles.