Devil’s Freedom

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Mexico | 2017 | 74 minutes | Everardo González

In an effort to understand the epidemic of violence caused by Mexico's ongoing drug war, director Everardo González conducts a series of chilling interviews with eyewitnesses, their faces fully covered by colorless wrestling masks in order to protect their identities.

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An unflinching and uncompromising look at the pervasiveness of violence at every level of life in contemporary Mexico, director Everardo González (El Paso, Drought), has crafted a searing, hard-to-shake portrait of a nation and its people defined by a culture of unspeakable, almost commonplace terror. Given anonymity by form-fitting, flesh-colored masks, victims and assassins alike openly and intimately recount their involvement in the country's almost routine acts of violence. One by one, episodes of their daily lives are framed by detailed and shocking stories, and a portrait of a society emerges, in which deep fears and the absence of justice rule. Filmed in an evocative, high-contrast visual palette by DP Maria Secco and bolstered by a moody score by composer Quincas Moreira, Devil's Freedom brilliantly captures the realities of living in a traumatic moment in a nation's history and the very real human cost paid to a deeply broken, inhuman system. The film swept this year's Guadalajara International Film Festival Awards: Best Mexican Film, Best Ibero-American Documentary, Best Cinematography, and the Press Award for Best Documentary.

Director Biography

Everardo González started as a cinematographer in the 1990s with short films such as "Nina... Canica" (1995) and "Ella Duerme" (1998). He has gone on to direct documentaries such as Drought (2011) and El Paso (2016).

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  • Original Language Title: La lbertad del diablo
  • Director: Everardo González
  • Premiere Status: U.S.
  • Country: Mexico
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 74 minutes
  • Producer: Robert Garza, Inna Payán
  • Screenplay: Everardo González
  • Cinematographers: María Secco
  • Editors: Paloma López Carrillo
  • Music: Quincas Moreira
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Best Mexican Film, Best Ibero American Doc, Best Fotography and Best film by Mexican Press at FICG 2
  • Filmography: El Paso (2016); Drought (2011); Old Thieves: The Legend of Artegio (2007); Pulque Song (2003)
  • Language: Spanish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Films Boutique