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Genres: Documentary, Drama, History
Starring: Eduardo San Juan
Director: Rodrigo Reyes
Plot Synopsis:

To reflect on the 500-year anniversary of the Spanish conquest of Mexico in 2021, director 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 Hérnan Cortés' 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.

Blu-ray Features:

  • Audio Commentary with director Rodrigo Reyes and Cinema Tropical Co-founder and Executive Director Carlos A. Gutiérrez
  • The Making of 499:
    • Cinematography
    • Editing
    • Music
    • The Conquistador
    • Behind The Scenes Photo montage
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Booklet featuring a note from Jim Jarmusch and an essay by critic Carlos Aguilar
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature
  • Release Details
    Release Date: August 2nd, 2022
    MPAA Rating: Not Rated
    Movie Release Year: 2020
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Cinema Guild
  • Technical Specs
    Length:87 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray Disc
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p AVC/MPEG-4
    Audio Formats:Spanish
    Subtitles/Captions:English SDH