1. Q & A - "The Compass is Carried by the Dead Man" with director Arturo Pons


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    When his fellow border runners are detained by police, a Mexican teenager strikes out on his own across the treacherous desert. Intent on reaching Chicago, he crosses paths with a cavalcade of eccentrics. Using the desolate, disorienting landscape as his canvas, Arturo Pons paints an allegorical tale rich in delightful imagery and playful absurdity. Both in terms of admissions and number of films screened (152,000 and 386 respectively in 2011) VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America. We screen films from 80 countries on 10 screens. The international line-up includes the pick of the world’s top film fests and many undiscovered gems. VIFF 2011 included 20 World premieres, 30 International premieres, 49 North American premieres and 40 Canadian premieres. http://viff.org

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    • La Brújula la lleva el Muerto. / The Compass is Carried by the Dead Man. Trailer.


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      A Mexican boy bound for Chicago tries to cross the border, but is the crowded wagon he rides in going the right way? An offbeat, allegorical odyssey that blends absurd humor with pastoral imagery. First film by Arturo Pons and produced by Arte Mecánica, the film had its world premier in the Official Competition of Tokyo International Film Festival.

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