Los Olvidados

Mexico | 1950 | 85 min. | Luis Buñuel

February 17 - 21, 2023

A group of juvenile delinquents lives a violent and crime-filled life in the festering slums of Mexico City, and the morals of young Pedro are gradually corrupted and destroyed by the others. New 4K restoration of Luis Buñuel's classic.

Nearly two decades after the scandals of Un chien andalou and L’age d’or, Luis Buñuel had a major international comeback with Los Olvidados, which remains one of the world’s most influential films in its unsentimental yet vivid, sometimes surreal depiction of impoverished youths in Mexico City. In the story of a juvenile delinquent who reunites with his gang after breaking out of prison, unflinching, desperate violence becomes riveting visual poetry with lyrical experimental flourishes. Buñuel won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival for this film, which all but reignited his career, leading to two decades of increasingly daring work.

Restored by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project at L’Immagine Ritrovata in collaboration with Fundación Televisa, Televisa, Cineteca Nacional Mexico, and Filmoteca de la UNAM. Restoration funding provided by The Material World Foundation.

  • Director: Luis Buñuel
  • Principal Cast: Estela Inda, Miguel Inclán, Alfonso Mejíia, Roberto Cobo
  • Country: Mexico
  • Year: 1950
  • Running Time: 85 min.
  • Producer: Óscar Dancigers, Sergio Kogan, James A. Menasce
  • Screenplay: Luis Alcoriza, Luis Buñuel
  • Cinematographers: Gabriel Figueroa
  • Editors: Carols Savage
  • Music: Rodolfo Halffter, Gustavo Pittaluga
  • Language: Spanish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • International Sales: Televisa