Ecuadorian filmmaker Paúl Venegas' gripping debut feature follows Chinese migrants Lei (Fu Jing) and Wong (Zhu Lidan) as they attempt to negotiate the uncertainties of life as undocumented immigrants in the port city of Guayaquil, Ecuador. As the two form a bond around their shared experience navigating an unfamiliar, sometimes hostile culture, they reveal their hopes and dreams for the future — Lei is desperate to reach New York; Wong longs to bring his son over from China. Unfortunately, their futures lie in the hands of Chang (Meng Day Min), a ruthless local gangster who becomes obsessed with Lei and determines to use the pair as unwitting couriers of something unspecified, but certainly illegal. An immigration story embedded in a crime thriller, VACÍO explores an immigrant experience and community rarely seen on film. Winner, Best Film, 2020 Guayaquil International Film Festival; Winner, Best Film, 2021 Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema. Official Selection, 2020 Busan International Film Festival, 2021 Chicago Latino Film Festival. DIR/SCR/PROD Paúl Venegas; SCR Martín Salinas, Carlos Andres Terán Vargas. Ecuador/Uruguay, 2020, color, 93 min. In English, Mandarin and Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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