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On a deserted road in the early morning, sixteen-year-old Juan inexplicably crashes the family car into a telegraph pole. He sets off in search of spare parts and help, but in this sleepy Yucatan town his options are limited. His encounters with the few people he does manage to find are gently funny, and only after considerable time has passed do we learn that Juan's father has recently died, his grief stricken mother isn't coping, and his younger brother has been left to fend for himself. The surreal two-dimensionality of this film is reminiscent of the poetic style of Aki Kaurismaki and Jim Jarmusch – this is a world full of monosyllables, absurd humour, awkward hesitation and heady melancholy. Fernando Eimbcke (38) completed film studies at Mexico’s National University (1996) and was already winning important awards for his short films and music video clips while still a student. His feature debut "Duck Season" (2004) caused a true sensation. This absurd comedy about two adolescent friends and one tedious Sunday afternoon was screened at the festivals in Cannes, Karlovy Vary and Toronto; apart from festival awards, the film also took away eleven Ariels, the annual prize presented by the Mexican Film Academy.