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SFFILM Festival

The Box

Directed by Lorenzo Vigas

Mexico | 93

24 Apr
Sun, Apr 24, 2022 at 5:00 pm PT

Guests Expected

Director Lorenzo Vigas is expected to attend.


Teenage Hatzin (Hatzin Navarrete) travels through the visually stunning landscape of Chihuahua, Mexico, to collect his father’s remains but his life changes forever when he meets Mario (Hernán Mendoza), a local factory promoter. What begins as a short trip to help his grandmother becomes a dangerous journey into the shady world of industrial factories as Hatzin becomes involved with Mario’s unsavory business. Venezuelan director Lorenzo Vigas (From Afar, Festival 2016) intricately unravels this coming-of-age drama and elicits from his cast powerful, nuanced performances. The slow-burn relationship between Hatzín and Mario serves as a striking social commentary about corruption while also revealing a deeply personal family secret.

Director Lorenzo Vigas

After getting his degree in molecular biology from University of Tampa, Florida, Venezuelan writer-director Lorenzo Vigas studied film at New York University. His short Elephants Never Forget (2004) began a trilogy that continued with his feature debut, From Afar (Festival 2016), winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, and concludes with The Box (2021), winner of the Venice Film Festival’s Leoncino d’Oro Agiscuola Award – Cinema for UNICEF. He also made a documentary, The Orchid Seller (2016), about his father, artist Oswaldo Vigas.



Film Details

Language Spanish

Original Language Title La Caja

Year 2021

Premiere California

Runtime 93

Country Mexico, USA

Director Lorenzo Vigas

Executive Producer Kilian Kerwin, Michael Hogan, Brian Kornreich, John Penotti, Charles Barthe, Miguel Mier, Alejandro Nones

Producer Lorenzo Vigas, Michel Franco, Jorge Hern ndez Aldana

Writer Lorenzo Vigas, Paula Markovitch, Laura Santullo

Editor Isabela Monteiro de Castro, Pablo Barbie

Cinematographer Sergio Armstrong

Cast Hernán Mendoza, Hatzin Navarrete, Elián González

Closed Captions Closed captions are not available for this screening.

Audio Description Audio description is not available for this screening.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided at this event. Please let us know if you would like to reserve a seat with optimal visibility when purchasing your ticket or by emailing ADA@sffilm.org.