Part of SFFILM Festival
I’m No Longer Here
Beautifully choreographed, director Fernando Frías de la Parra’s second feature is a melancholic take on emigration, one fueled by a Cumbia beat. In Monterrey, Mexico, Ulises is the leader of a small street gang called Los Terkos. When it becomes too dangerous for him to stay, he is forced to move to New York, where his personal style and musical preferences don’t translate. Combining unique style with compelling performances by non-professional actors, I’m No Longer Here powerfully explores the feeling of longing for home and cultural identity.
“Frías de la Parra’s film has a unique narrative power: on the one hand it is the story of a boy who faces the disappearance of what he loves the most, his gang, who he considers his family … Halfway between drama and comedy, I’m No Longer Here is a bittersweet portrait about a sense of community that allows us to congregate around joy, that is, around what is not political or precisely economical capital.” –Carlos Rodriguez, fictu
Mexico City native Fernando Frías de la Parra was a Fulbright Scholar and received his MFA in directing and screenwriting from Columbia University. He has been a writer, director, cinematographer, and editor for TV series, commercials, and music videos. Among his films are Calentamiento local (2008) and Rezeta (2012), winner of the Best Narrative Feature prize at Slamdance. I’m No Longer Here was chosen for development at the 2014 Sundance Screenwriters Lab.
Language English, Spanish
Original Language Title Ya no estoy aquí
Director Fernando Frías de la Parra
Producer Alberto Müffelmann, Fernando Frîas de la Parra, Gerry Kim, Gerardo Gatica
Writer Fernando Frías de la Parra
Editor Yibrán Assuad, Fernando Frías de la Parra
Cinematographer Damián García
Cast Juan Daniel Garcia, Jonathan Espinoza, Yahir Alday, Angelina Chen