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Hola Mexico Film Festival Presents
The Load

Set in the latter half of 16th century Mexico, The Load centres on a young Spanish noblewoman, Elisa (María Valverde), the only Spaniard who is willing to stand as a witness in defence of a rebellious Indigenous town, acting against even her own father. Eventually, she chooses to flee through new world forests in a search for freedom with the Tameme Indian chief, Painalli (Horacio García-Rojas).

This is the propulsive story of two unlikely heroes who forge an intimate bond as they are pursued through inhospitable jungles by a relentless band of soldiers. The title refers to the Tameme Indian task of hauling huge amounts of fish across vast distances; however, this time, Painalli is carrying Elisa, a powerful image of his symbolic load.

Alan Jonsson
María Valverde, Horacio García Rojas, Gerardo Taracena, Eric Francés, Eusebio Lázaro & Tenoch Huerta
Spanish with English subtitles | 2016 | 94 min | Historical Drama | Mexico
18+ (exemption)
Carabela de Plata (Audience Award), Huelva Iberoamerican Film Festival 2015
Silver Ariel Award (Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actress a Supporting Role, Best Supporting Actress), Ariel Awards 2017

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