Bicentenario + Los últimos cristeros

Pablo Álvarez Mesa, Matias Meyer
2020 - 43 + 89 min

International cinema

Bicentenario + Los últimos cristeros

Cinéastes cœur à cœur

Colombia, Mexico

Double bill as part of our series Cinéastes cœur à cœur.


BICENTENARIO (Pablo Álvarez Mesa, 2020, Colombia, 43′). Two Hundred years after Simon Bolivar’s liberation campaign in Colombia, Bicentenario retraces Bolivar’s journey across the Country, searching for his ghost still present in the contested territory. Creatively intersecting the traditions of landscape film, oral traditions, and political essay, Bicentenario cinematically reveals the collision of history and myth inscribed on the territory of what would become an inevitably failed state – the Great Colombia.


LOS ÚLTIMOS CRISTEROS (Matias Meyer, 2011, Mexico, 89′). This solemnly beautiful feature tracks the migration of a group of devout Christian pilgrims, persecuted under the anti-religious edicts of an early 20th-century Mexican regime and determined to resist, or at least survive, rather than surrender their faith. Their silent tramping through woods and brush, enhanced by exquisite cinematography and sound and indelible imagery, solemnizes their fight as a sacred ritual in itself. Trailer here.

You might also like

Michelle Williams et Lucy dans une scène du film WENDY ET LUCY de Kelly Reichardt

Julie Delporte

Wendy and Lucy

Wendy decides to go to Alaska with her dog Lucy to find a job. Arriving in Oregon and having no money, the young woman is forced to steal in a supermarket, to finally be arrested by the police. Meanwhile, Lucy disappears…

Learn more

The Colour of Ink

The Colour of Ink uncovers the medium’s mystery and power through the eyes of Jason Logan, a visionary Toronto inkmaker. Working with ingredients foraged in the wild—weeds, berries, bark, flowers, rocks, rust—he makes ink from just about anything.

Learn more

Le coyote

After reluctantly walking away from his beloved restaurant “Le Coyote”, Camilo, a Mexican-born cook in his fifties who has become a maintenance worker, finds a job opportunity in the region. His plans for the future are challenged, however, when his estranged daughter reappears in his life with her little boy.

Learn more

Cinéma Public,
a cinema on the move