The Open Reel enrich its Line Up for the upcoming EFM with two new titles directed by Mexican Julián Hernández: the feature Asphalt Goddess and the short film The Day Began Yesterday, both produced by Mil Nubes Cine (Roberto Fiesco and Iiana Reyes) and now available for sales and festival screenings.
Asphalt Goddess tells the sty of Max, who returns to her slum turned into the vocalist of a rock band. There, the memories await, the latest news and the truths that were silent for years: Sonia is a voice that speaks from the death, Ramira and Carcacha regent with the neighborhood ́s misery, and Guama sinks into madness. The reasons for abandonment are evident, the deaths and unfulfilled promises are recap. Max returns to die, not without first understanding and meaning all the reasons that remained pending.
In The Day Began Yesterday, Orlando and Saul meet by accident. The first one is a self-confident young man, university gymnast who avoids that his HIV-positive status defines him; while Saul, on the opposite, is insecure and barely understands what having an active sexual life means. The meeting will result in a new way of seeing life, one without fear where sex is an encounter and not a way of getting away from others.
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) and Boys on the Rooftop (2016). The Day Began Yesterday is his last short production.