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1974: La posesión de Altair (2016)

A newlywed couple disappeared in 1974, their 8mm tapes reveal one of the most horrifying events in Mexican history.

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Altair
Rolando Breme ...
Manuel
Guillermo Callahan ...
Callahan
Blanca Alarcón ...
Tere
Rubén González Garza ...
Dr. Canseco
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Periodista Santiago Orozco
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roberto Absalón ...
Testigo
Carlos Barber ...
Joven Fiesta
Jesús Oswaldo Castro ...
Policía
Alberto Chávez ...
Joven Fiesta
Odyn Cortez ...
Joven Fiesta
José Roberto Cáceres ...
Testigo
Alejandro Deli ...
Joven Fiesta
Carlos Aguirre Dryere ...
Pablo
Luis Escalante ...
Testigo
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A newlywed couple disappeared in 1974, their 8mm tapes reveal one of the most horrifying events in Mexican history.

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This film was shot almost entirely in 8mm film with a Super8 camera. See more »

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In the film, Callahan's character is seen playing with a Rubick's Cube. The film takes place in 1974, but Rubick's Cube was not available in the markets until 1977 as a limited edition in Budapest only, known as the Magic Cube, and until 1980 internationally, when it was re-named "Rubick's Cube" after its inventor. See more »

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A courageous proposal from a new generation of Mexican filmmakers
15 April 2017 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

Director Victor Dryere's horror proposal is gritty, tenacious and bold. Just when the audience was starting to get bored of the narc-crime and poverty Mexican themed films that populate international film festivals, comes a new perspective from a filmmaker that is a part of a new generation of Mexican auteurs. Even though some will say that it is too early to refer to Dryere as an auteur, the fact remains that through the (almost) 5 years it took him to finish this piece, he remained true to his voice and maintained creative control over his work; and it shows. The fact that he pushed the boundaries of a somewhat overused narrative tool (the found footage) by enhancing it with detailed sound design and unsettling music, makes the audience overlook the slow pace of the first act and the simplicity of the script, by taking us onto a full cinematic and sensory experience; well acted and thoroughly rendered. The result is more than fulfilling. Once the film is over and the enigmatic mystery that surrounds the characters is finally unveiled (won't spoil the ending for you), one is left with the satisfaction that comes with good storytelling, plain and simple. The moments of horror are few, but well constructed, both visually and aurally, with a quality that is uncommon in Mexican thrillers and horror films in general. And the fact that the film was actually shot in crude 8mm film gives it an authenticity that is rare and extraordinary. All in all a well constructed, powerful first work, which produces the sensation that this filmmaker is for real, and that we better be on the lookout for what he comes up with next.


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