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The Golden Dream

La jaula de oro

Réalisé par Diego Quemada-Diez
Mexique, 2013


Directed by Diego Quemada-Diez, La Jaula de Oro tells the story of two teenagers crossing a cruel country in search of a better life beyond the Mexican border.

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The Golden Dream Réalisé par Diego Quemada-Diez

Prix & Festivals

Festival de Cannes

2013 | Lauréat : Un Certain Regard - A Certain Talent Prize

2013 | Mention Spéciale : François Chalais Award

São Paulo International Film Festival

2013 | Lauréat : Critics Award

2013 | Mention Honorable : Feature Film (International Jury Award)

Don’t expect incendiary topicality from The Golden Dream; this is more poetry than politics… Visually, the film is ravishing. Director Diego Quemada-Diez, who has previously worked as a camera operator for folks like Spike Lee and Alejandro González Iñárritu, has an understated sensibility that mixes the naturalistic and the unreal. He keeps his camera at ground level, with the horizon usually in frame. That gives even the most mundane scenes a romantic aura.
September 06, 2015
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The film is taut, the drama packed neatly and efficiently into the lengthy, perilous odyssey. A former assistant to Ken Loach, he has appropriated the director’s signature style in mostly British films about the impact of social and historical events on the individual. Loach’s acolyte writes, "Behind migration there is colonization…one person or a group that occupies the land of another to exploit it and to exploit others.
September 04, 2015
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Rather than being a plot or character-driven story, this is a mood piece that doesn’t quite achieve greatness. It is assembled from a mash-up of 600 real-life attempted immigration stories, and as corrupt officials, violent bandits and personal losses start to erode the dreams that caused our young heroes to initially sally forth, the impact of their tragedies feel unsatisfyingly muted.
June 26, 2014
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