Winner of a specially created ensemble award in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes 2013, upcoming release The Golden Dream about a group of Guatemalans trying to make it across the Mexican border to the U.S.A is a piercing and poetic road movie that deserves the acclaim it has received on the international festival circuit. The IFI is hosting a special Q&A with the film’s director Diego Quemada-Díez on Thursday 26th June at 18.30, the day before the films exclusive release at the IFI from the 27th June.
A group of Guatemalan teenagers attempt to make their way to the U.S.A., dreaming of the better life that the country promises, but they are ill equipped, both physically and emotionally, for the challenges they face getting there. Sara attempts to pass as a boy, thinking that will make her less vulnerable; Juan positions himself as the group’s guide and cheerleader, but he proves himself as naïve as the others; Samuel struggles from the start of the adventure, while Chauk, an indigenous Indian, speaks no Spanish.
Diego Quemada-Díez has previously worked with Ken Loach, and there’s evidence of that in the film’s raw realism and its committed social concerns. Utilising improvisational technique and mixed cast of professional and non-professional cast, it’s a brilliant and effecting debut feature.
Tickets for the Preview + Q&A of The Golden Dream on Thursday 26th June at 18.30 are available now from the IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477/ifi.ie. Regular tickets go on sale on June 23rd.