RoxCine, Cine + Más SF Latino Film Festival & The Mexican Museum invite you and a guest to the sneak preview screening of Rodrigo Reyes’ new film, 499.
Experience a documentary film that incorporates fictional elements to portray the effects of the history of colonialism on society in Mexico today.
September 3rd – 31st.
3117 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103.
“499 deftly weaves brutality with tender beauty, and harsh reality with the realm of dreams.” – Jim Jarmusch
A still from the film ”499” by Director Rodrigo Reyes.
To reflect on the 500-year anniversary of the Spanish conquest of Mexico in 2021, director Rodrigo Reyes offers a bold hybrid cinema experience exploring the brutal legacy of colonialism in contemporary Mexico.
Through the eyes of a ghostly conquistador, the film recreates Hernán Cortez’s epic journey from the coasts of Veracruz to the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, the site of contemporary Mexico City.
As the anachronistic fictional character interacts with real-life victims of Mexico’s failed drug wars and indigenous communities in resistance, the filmmaker portrays the country’s current humanitarian crisis as part of a vicious and unfinished colonial project, still in motion, nearly five hundred years later.
Provocative, unique, and strikingly cinematic, 499 mixes non-fictional and performative elements with elements of the road movie to show how past traumas continue to affect contemporary reality. While linking these seemingly disparate histories of violence, the film confirms Reyes as one of the most potent voices in American independent cinema.
Biography of Rodrigo Reyes – 499
Reyes is the co-Director of the Bay Area Media Coalition (BAVC Mediamaker Fellowship) with Niema Jordan. His work focuses on migration, colonial history, and criminal justice. His latest docu-fiction project, 499, refers to the 500-year anniversary of the Spanish conquest of Mexico and is a deep dive into the legacy of colonialism in that country. The film was selected for the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival where it won the award for best cinematography in the documentary competition.