PRESENTED AS PART OF THE DISCRETE CHARMS SHORTS PROGRAM:
Eagles, Manos De Oro, In Case I'm Next, Instructions for Adela, Perifericu, The Fugitives, The Virgin The Old Lady The Journey
|June 2 - 6||VIRTUAL Screening||On Demand||BUY TICKETS|
West Coast Premiere
Manos De Oro
Directed by Merced Elizondo
United States | 33:25 minutes | 2020
After months of struggling with crippling arthritis, a former mechanic attempts to regain his identity as a working man with purpose.
Sergio, a former mechanic, is in the middle of a crippling battle with arthritis. When the opportunity to fix an old family-friend's truck arises, Sergio begins a downward spiral towards denial and self-destructive behavior in an attempt to regain his identity as a working man with purpose. As a result, his struggling relationship with his son is put to the ultimate test.
Merced Elizondo is a Mexican-American filmmaker based out of Dallas, TX. After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin in 2016, Elizondo launched his filmmaking career by working on multiple productions all across Texas, and served as a Producer with both AMS Pictures and DHD Films. Since then, he has devoted his attention to independent filmmaking and is currently developing short film and feature film projects to direct in 2021 and 2022. A writer at heart, Elizondo's creative sensibilities lean towards dramatic narratives and is committed to telling character-driven stories that are cinematic, personal, and most of all: original. Ultimately, he hopes to offer a unique perspective on subjects and themes that have yet to be seen on screen before, and to create profound experiences for audiences that move them, inspire them, and compel them to ask new questions of themselves through the marriage of sound and image. Some of his biggest influences include Alfonso Cuarón, Wim Wenders, Terrence Malick, Michael Haneke, Jean-Pierre Melville, Ingmar Bergman, Céline Sciamma, David Fincher, Stanley Kubrick, Barry Jenkins, and François Truffaut. His latest film, "Manos De Oro," is a black-and-white short film written entirely in Spanish; starring Julio César Cedillo, who can be seen on Netflix’s Narcos: Mexico, Sicario, and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. "Manos de Oro" is currently on the 2021 film festival circuit and has been featured in The Dallas Morning News, Good Morning Texas, LatinEquis, and Univision.
|Film Title in English||Hands of Gold|
|Type of Film||Short|
|Country of Origin||United States|
|Year Film Was Completed||2020|
|Social media Handles||@manosdeorofilm|
|Written by||Merced Elizondo|
|Producers||Merced Elizondo, Mark Ragunton, Julio César Cedillo|
|Edited by||Peter Koutsogeorgas|
|Music by||Matthew Thomas|
|Sound Design||Morgan Honaker|
|Art Direction||Carolina Govea|
|Main Cast||Julio César Cedillo, Jero Medina, Richard Jackson|