499 [In-Person Only]

This event took place Oct 8 - Oct 10, 2021

$13 General Admission
$10 Student/Child/Senior
$7 Member

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Rodrigo Reyes
Mexico & US
1h 28m


To reflect on the 500-year anniversary of the Spanish conquest of Mexico in 2021, director Reyes offers a bold hybrid cinema experience exploring the brutal legacy of colonialism in contemporary Mexico. Through the eyes of a ghostly conquistador, the film recreates Hérnan Cortés’ epic journey from the coasts of Veracruz to the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, the site of contemporary Mexico City. As the anachronistic fictional character interacts with real-life victims of Mexico’s failed drug wars and indigenous communities in resistance, the filmmaker portrays the country’s current humanitarian crisis as part of a vicious and unfinished colonial project, still in motion, nearly five hundred years later.

Provocative, unique, and strikingly cinematic, 499 mixes non-fictional and performative elements with elements of the road movie to show how past traumas continue to affect contemporary reality. While linking these seemingly disparate histories of violence, the film confirms Reyes as one of the most potent voices in American independent cinema.

(Rodrigo Reyes, Mexico & US, 2021, 88 min, in Spanish with English subtitles)
Description and image credits: Eduardo San Juan in 499. Courtesy of The Cinema Guild.


Rodrigo Reyes has created a strong, beautiful and disturbing film that seems to occupy a genre all its own… 499 deftly weaves brutality with tender beauty, and harsh reality with the realm of dreams.” – Jim Jarmusch

An ambitious and unflinching portrait of contemporary Mexico.” – The Film Stage

A unique look at modern day Mexico….Covering five hundred years of history in less than an hour and a half is a daunting task. Director Rodrigo Reyes does just that in 499.” – AIPT

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