No one’s hands are clean in Josef Kubota Wladyka’s Manos sucias (USA/Colombia, 2014). Not the hands of the somber Jacobo (Jarlín Martínez) or his fresh-faced younger brother Delio (Cristian Advíncula), both of whom get involved in drug smuggling as a means to elevate themselves out of the poverty that surrounds them in the violent coastal city of Buenaventura. Certainly not the hands of ruthless drug lords, nor those of the seemingly innocent Jorge (Manuel David Riascos), a boy willing to do anything to save his ailing grandmother. Not even our hands are clean, dear viewers, now that this film has given us a glimpse of how the illegal drug trade, fueled in large part by Western appetites, affects some of our planet’s most desperate citizens.
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Manos Sucias translates into English as “dirty hands.” Literal meaning can be applied to those words, but unsurprisingly the greater significance is figurative; in movie terms, such gestures often portend overstatement that’s easily exacerbated by a filmmaker’s youthful intensity, but if imperfect, Josef Kubota Wladyka’s first feature benefits from restraint and economy. It’s a largely satisfying debut holding promise for the future.
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Last night Film Club screened a powerful, thrilling drama called MANOS SUCIAS. Director Josef Kubota Wladyka was kind enough to provide our group with a very special introduction to this film. I wanted to share this with our followers! Enjoy and PLEASE, hunt this movie down. It is more than worth your time, it is a perfect example of a bold new voice in independent cinema. Keep your eye on Josef, he is already making waves, and MANOS SUCIAS is a great calling card! Bravo!
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Here is a full list of upcoming screenings with Film Club at our local Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Click the link of the title below to purchase tickets! Enjoy!
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