The Trace of Your Lips


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The Trace of Your Lips.

Román is an actor who works in B-movies and who’s isolated in his apartment as a pandemic keeps the world on edge. Aldo, an indigenous young man, is an essential worker who’s allowed by the authorities to come and go. They live across from each other in an apartment complex. They meet online, and they can talk and even see each other in videocalls, but they can’t meet in person. Eventually, the temptation to break out of their lockdown comes up.


Julián Hernández is born in Mexico City in 1972 and he graduated in film from the state University UNAM. Among his previous works are the feature films Broken Sky (2006), A Thousand Clouds of Peace Fence the Sky, Love, Your Being Love Will Never End  (2003), winner of the Teddy Award at Berlin Film Festival and Raging Sun, Raging Sky, winner of the same Award but in 2009. His three last features, all represented by The Open Reel, are: I Am Happiness on Earth (2014), Tattoo of Revenge (2018) and Asphalt Goddess (2019). Hernández has also directed, among others, the short films Por encima del abismo de la desesperación (1996), Hubo un tiempo en que los sueños dieron paso a largas noches de insomnio (1997), Bramadero (2007), Vago rumor de mares en zozobra (2008), Atmósfera (2009), Wandering Clouds (2013), Young Man at the Bar Masturbating with Rage and Nerve (2015), Boys on the Rooftop (2016) and The Day Began Yesterday. Two Amongst Many (2022) is his last short production.


  • Title
    The Trace of Your Lips
  • Rights
  • Country
  • Year
  • Length
    80′, col.

  • Director
    Julián Hernández
  • Screenplay
    Julián Hernández,
    Gustavo Hernández de Anda
  • Editing
    Emiliano Arenales Osorio
  • Photography
    Ariana Romero Rodríguez

  • Music
    Arturo Villela Vega
  • Sound
    Omar Juárez Espino,
    Misael Topillo Hernández
  • Art Director
    Miguel Ángel Tavera
  • Cast
    Hugo Catalán, Mauricio Rico,
    Luis Vegas

  • Producers
    Roberto Fiesco,
    Iliana Reyes Chávez
  • Production
    Mil Nubes Cine

  • Frameline San Francisco 2023
  • FilmOut San Diego 2023
  • QTMY Monterrey 2023
  • Outshine Fort Lauderdale 2023
  • Morelia International Film Festival 2023 – Special Screenings
  • TLVFest Tel Aviv 2023 – Panorama
  • Festival Chéries-Chéris Paris 2023 – Panorama
  • Festival Mix Brasil São Paulo 2023 – International Feature Film Competition
  • LesGaiCineMad Madrid 2023 – Feature Film Competition
  • Des Images aux Mots Toulouse 2024
  • Roze Filmdagen Amsterdam 2024
  • Kino International Berlin MonGay 2024
  • Passage Kino Leipzig 2024
  • TLV Fest Pride Weekend 2024

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