• A Cop Movie

A Cop Movie

by Alonso Ruizpalacios Documentary Competition

If the countless big-screen movies are to be believed, Mexico City is dominated by violence, chaos and lawlessness. The police force is considered a highly controversial institution that is supposed to be regulating a society in whose criminality it is entangled itself. But what does it really mean to be a police officer in Mexico City? Filmmaker Alonso Ruizpalacios shows the everyday life of Mexican law enforcement officers by having two actors experience being real police officers in a role-playing game that blurs the line between reality and fiction. A fascinating film about heroic roles, authority and corruption that plays with the audience's expectations and explores the limits of documentary.

About the director(s)

Alonso Ruizpalacios studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. His first feature-length fiction film GÜEROS was shown in 2014 at the ZFF in its Special Screenings section, and won more than 40 awards at international film festivals, including the award for best debut film at the Berlinale. A COP MOVIE premiered at this year’s Berlinale.

Filmography (selection): A Cop Movie (doc, 2021) | Museo (2018) | Verde (short, 2016) | Güeros (2014) | El último canto del pájaro Cú (short, 2010) | Café Paraíso (short, 2008)

About the director(s)
  • Genre: DOC: Social & Human Interest
  • Country, Year: Mexico, 2021
  • Runtime: 107 Min
  • Languages: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, German
  • Director: Alonso Ruizpalacios
  • Cast: Mónica Del Carmen, Raúl Briones, José de Jesús Rodriguez Hernández, María Teresa Hernández Cañas
  • Screenplay: Alonso Ruizpalacios, David Gaitán
  • Cinematography: Emiliano Villanueva
  • Editor: Yibrán Asuad
  • Sound: Isabel Muñoz Cota
  • Producers: Daniela Alatorre, Elena Fortes
  • Production Company: No Ficción
  • World Sales: Netflix
  • Swiss Distribution: Netflix
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