Romantico

Directed by Mark Becker

Year: 2005
Running Time: 84
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1:78:1
Country: U.S.
Language: English & Spanish with English Subtitles [audio]
Booking Inquiry Shop Home Video

Romantico

Cast
Carmelo Muñiz Sánchez

Crew
Directed by Mark Becker


More than just a documentary dispatch from the illegal immigration frontlines, Mark Becker's Romántico evolves from a verite view of undocumented alien subculture to a deeply personal, "beautifully realized" (NY Post), subtly-hued, and bittersweet dramatic story of family, fatherhood, identity and survival.

By day, mariachi musician Carmelo Muñiz washes cars, but at night, he and his friend Arturo perform norteño and ranchero music for gringo tips in the taquerias and bars of San Francisco's Mission District. Carmelo's meager itinerant living belies the deep roots and binding ties he has to his native Mexico. His wife, two young daughters, and gravely ill mother rely on the money Carmelo sends to them in the little town of Salvatierra. When Carmelo returns to the life and loved ones he left behind a thousand miles south of the border, he resumes the wearying struggle against medieval poverty that he sought to escape in "el Norte." As Carmelo doggedly copes with his mother's mortality, his daughters' needs, and his own dreams, Romacute;ntico becomes an unforgettable and "immensely moving" (NY Daily News) portrait of the love, pride, and grace connecting one life with two countries.

By shooting on film instead of DV tape and trading overt political editorializing for enchantingly intimate and ingenious storytelling that is "visual poetry on the run" (Newsday), Becker has created a film that is as urgent as today's headlines and as timelessly lyrical and beautiful as the music, land, and faith that are Carmelo's joy and salvation.

Reviews

"**** ACHIEVES WHAT MOST DOCS ASPIRE TO, BUT FEW CAN: A FEELING OF TRUTH." - Hank Steamer, TIME OUT NY

"MAY BE THE BEST DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR..." - Ed Gonzalez, SLANT



Awards

    • Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival
    • Official Selection, Los Angeles Film Festival
    • Special Jury Prize Silverdocs Film Festival
    • Nominee - Best Documentary, Independent Spirit Awards
    • Official Selection, San Sebastian Film Festival

Hi-Res Poster

Hi-Res Images

Trailer Embed Code

Interested in bringing Romantico to your school or library? If you'd like to have an in-class viewing, on-campus screening, or purchase the DVD for your library's collection, please contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880 with your request.

Romantico may also be available with Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licensing (DSL) for colleges and universities. To purchase the DVD with PPR or DSL, please contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880. Click here to learn more at Kino Lorber Edu.

To read more about Kino Lorber Edu's terms of use and ordering information, visit Kino Lorber Edu.

Join the conversation
'@KinoLorber' on May. 19 2019 at 11:53am
RT' @KFMovieGuide': NEWS:' @KinoLorber' to release 1977 3D martial arts film, REVENGE OF THE SHOGUN WOMEN, on Blu-ray later this year. More inf…
'@KinoLorber' on May. 18 2019 at 10:58pm
@Z_____T________ It ran in 3D at' @LTLosAngeles' and AMC already and it's coming back to ' @ahryafinearts' in 3D over Memorial Day wknd.
'@KinoLorber' on May. 18 2019 at 5:04pm
RT' @nytimesarts': Short on details but long on delight, "Walking on Water" follows the artist Christo as he creates one of his large-scale a…
'@KinoLorber' on May. 18 2019 at 5:03pm
RT' @FilmForumNYC': WALKING ON WATER, following the brilliant, irascible artist Christo as he constructs his staggering, massive-scale instal…
'@KinoLorber' on May. 18 2019 at 5:03pm
RT' @WNYC': The visionary artist Christo is known for his installation "The Gates," when he adorned Central park in orange fabric. Three year…
'@KinoLorber' on May. 18 2019 at 5:02pm
RT' @PaceGallery': "With the immense effort that goes into “The Floating Piers,” you can’t help wanting to know more about its construction a…
'@KinoLorber' on May. 18 2019 at 5:02pm
RT' @WNYC': Documentary of the Week: “Walking on Water” documents the visionary artist Christo as he undertakes his biggest project since the…
'@KinoLorber' on May. 18 2019 at 5:02pm
RT' @WNYC': In this week's #DocumentaryOfTheWeek with' @thompowers' and' @Raphaellochka', filmmaker Andrey Paounov captures artist Christo's atte…
'@KinoLorber' on May. 18 2019 at 5:02pm
RT' @FilmForumNYC': WALKING ON WATER, on Christo's eye-popping installation The Floating Piers is now playing.' @ArchDigest' talked to the mave…
'@KinoLorber' on May. 17 2019 at 10:26pm
RT' @Slant_Magazine': Featuring a searing performance from Anna Karina, LA RELIGIEUSE is much more than the scandal that made it famous in Fr…
Tweet Now!

Inquiries & Press

General Inquiries

Kino Lorber, Inc.
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018
Tel. (212) 629-6880
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871

Press & Media

For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing dninh@kinolorber.com or calling 212-629-6880.

Educational

Please visit our educational site at www.KinoLorberEDU.com

For assistance with educational orders, please contact us at:

Phone:212-629-6880
Fax: 212-714-0871
Email: edu@kinolorber.com