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Mano de Obra / Workforce

by David Zonana International Feature Film / Competition

Francisco and his workmates are building a noble villa in Mexico City – they, of course, live in dilapidated shacks at the other end of town. Although the young and ever-modest bricklayer works hard, he is forced to worry about what little pay he is due at the end of every week – what he will receive depends entirely on his employer’s whim. Francisco seems to have suffered nothing but misfortune since his brother fell to his death on the construction site. This time his accommodation has flooded after a heavy downpour and, without further ado, he decides to relocate his bivouac to the site of the almost finished feudal estate. But he cannot stay there long – or can he? The emergency brings with it a life-changing and revolutionary idea. David Zonana's highly original debut plunges skilfully into the confusion of an expressive parable about solidarity, opportunism, and the inequalities of society.


  • Genre: Drama
  • Country, Year: Mexico, 2019
  • Runtime: 82 Min
  • Languages: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, German
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  • Director: David Zonana
  • Cast: Luis Alberti, Hugo Mendoza, Jonathan Sánchez, Horacio Celestino, Francisco Díaz, Karina Salazar, Alexandra Cortés, Julieta Hernández, Joanna Isunza Martínez
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  • Screenplay: David Zonana
  • Cinematography: Carolina Costa
  • Editor: Oscar Figueroa Jara
  • Sound: Federico González Jordán
  • Music: Murcof
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  • Producers: Michel Franco, David Zonana, Eréndira Núñez Larios
  • Executive Producer: Dario Yazbek Bernal
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  • Production Company: Teorema
  • World Sales: Wild Bunch International Sales
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