Part of SFFILM Festival
Centerpiece: I Carry You With Me
Iván is an aspiring chef in Mexico, struggling to make it in the kitchen and provide for his son. When he meets and falls for the effervescent Gerardo, he is denied seeing his child and decides to illegally cross the border to pursue his dream of being a chef, promising to return to those he left behind when he can. In this tender true story that blends narrative and documentary, I Carry You with Me (winner of both the Audience and NEXT Innovator Award at Sundance) captures an emotional journey of sacrifice and love.
“Heartache hangs thick in the air in I Carry You with Me, a tale of love not thwarted but tested by constraints of culture, country, and law. What distinguishes this first narrative feature from documentarian Heidi Ewing (Jesus Camp, One of Us), aside from a swoony blend of realism and romanticism that periodically calls to mind recent queer cinema landmarks like Moonlight, are its sweep and scope. Tracing the decades-spanning relationship between two Mexican men, from the first sparks of flirtation to committed coupledom, the film glides back and forth in time, between countries, through memories, moods, and reveries.” – Jon Frosch, The Hollywood Reporter
Heidi Ewing began her career making documentaries, debuting with Inside Scientology (1998), part of the TV series Investigative Reports (1991-2011). Among her documentary features are The Boys of Baraka (Festival 2005), winner of a special jury prize at SXSW; Oscar-nominated Jesus Camp (2006); Detropia (2012);Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016); and One of Us (2017). I Carry You With Me is her first fiction feature.
Original Language Title Te llevo conmigo
Director Heidi Ewing
Producer Mynette Louie, Heidi Ewing
Writer Heidi Ewing, Alan Page Arriaga
Editor Enat Sidi
Cinematographer Juan Pablo Ramírez
Music Jay Wadley
Cast Armando Espitia, Christian Vázquez, Michelle Rodríguez