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Los Ángeles  - feature film

MATEO, 17, prepares to migrate to Los Angeles in order to support his humble family in their small Zapotec village in southern Mexico, yet before he can depart the leader of the local gang demands that he commits murder to become a member!

"Los Ángeles" is a story about the value of family, brotherly love and one hopeful young mans struggle for a better life in a world ruled by violence and injustice.

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The film celebrates its world premiere in the Forum of the Berlin International Film Festival 2014. In the official press release it says:
"The German production Los Ángeles by Damian John Harper is set in a village in Mexico. This powerful debut tells the story of a young man who dreams of a better life in Los Angeles. Yet his goal recedes further and further into the distance after he runs into trouble with the local gangsters whose support he was counting on, deciding instead to revolt against the system of violence everyone else takes for granted."

FESTIVALS
Berlinale Forum, 2014 *nominated for Best First Feature Award
Guadalajara IFF, 2014 *winner Best First Feature Award
Indie Lisboa, 2014 *opening film of the int. competition
Zlin FF, 2014
Brussels IFF, 2014
L.A. Film Festival, 2014 *winner of special jury award LA MUSE
Shanghai IFF, 2014
Moscow IFF, 2014
FICG in LA, 2014
Milano IFF, 2014
First Steps Award Germany, 2014 *winner of the First Steps Award


CAST

MATEO - Mateo Bautista Matías

MARCOS - Marcos Rodríguez Ruíz

LIDIA - Lidia García

DANNY -  Daniel Bautista

DONASIANO - Donaciano Bautista Matías (Chamoy)

VALENTINA - Valentina Ojeda

 

TEAM

WRITER/DIRECTOR - Damian John Harper

PRODUCER - Jonas Weydemann, Jakob D. Weydemann

CO-PRODUCER - Frank Evers, Helge Neubronner, Andreas Eicher

COMISSIONING EDITOR - Katharina Dufner

PRODUCTION MANAGER - Linda Ramos

DOP - Friede Clausz

PRODUCTION DESIGN - Adán Hernández

COSTUME DESIGN - Abril Alamo, Felicitas Adler

SOUND DESIGN - Gregor Bonse

EDITOR - Lorna Hoefler-Steffen