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a man in a white shirt and tie taking a book off a shelf as a man sits behind him.

SFFILM Festival


Directed by Lorena Padilla

Mexico | 93

21 Apr
Fri, Apr 21, 2023 at 7:00 pm PT
23 Apr
Sun, Apr 23 at 3:00 pm PT

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Director Lorena Padilla


In this satirical take on workplace culture, human resources informs elderly employee Martinez (Francisco Reyes, A Fantastic Woman) that it is time for him to retire—but first he must train his replacement. To add to his troubles, his next-door neighbor passes away, bequeathing him her diary along with other personal items. A Chilean who has lived in Mexico for 40 years, Martinez befriends the young man taking his job, who inspires him to explore life outside himself. As he rummages through his neighbor’s things, Martinez examines his existence and begins to realize that perhaps the end of his career is a new beginning, leading to reinvigoration and joy.

Director Lorena Padilla

Lorena Padilla is a writer, director, and producer who received her BA in Visual Arts from the University of Guadalajara and her MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. As a writer, she collaborated with Rodrigo Reyes on his film 499 (2020). She makes her directing debut with Martinez. In addition to being a filmmaker, she is a Professor of Practice in Film and Media Arts at Southern Methodist University.


Film Details

Language Spanish

Year 2023

Premiere California

Runtime 93

Country Mexico

Director Lorena Padilla

Executive Producer Alejandro Duran

Producer Georgina Gonzalez Rodriguez

Writer Lorena Padilla

Editor Liora Spilk Bialotowsky

Cinematographer Gerardo Guerra

Music Alvaro Arce

Cast Francisco Reyes Morande, Humberto Busto, Martha Claudia Moreno

Closed Captions Closed Captions are not currently confirmed and will be updated soon.

Audio Description Audio Descriptions are not currently confirmed and will be updated soon.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language Interpretation is not currently confirmed and will be updated. For any questions about accessibility at SFFILM Events, please email ADA@SFFilm.org.