Grants & Awards
Aqui y Alla
Date Awarded: Winter 2010
Directors(s): Antonio Mendez Esparza
Producer(s): Diana Wade, Ori Dov Gratch, Tim Hobbs, Pedro Hernández Santos
Film Status: Completed
About the Film:
Pedro – husband, father, and musician – struggles to make a living in his village in Mexico. After a three year absence working abroad in the US, Pedro returns home thinking that although he has missed many things, his life and the life of his family will be better because of his sacrifice. The film breaks into three acts: the return, the reality and the future. The return is presented as a success, but there is clash and estrangement because of his long absence. The reality is much more different than what he thought, but he desperately tries to grab it and overcome it. The future is packed with uncertainty and a decision must be made.
About the Filmmakers:
Antonio Méndez Esparza (Director) – Aquí y Allá is Antonio’s debut narrative feature film. His most recent short film, Una y Otra Vez, featured Pedro De los Santos and led naturally to the development of Aquí y Allá. Una y Otra Vez has won several awards, including Best Narrative Short at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival and first prize at the Concurso de Cortometrajes Versión Española. The short was also a Finalist for the Student Academy Awards, and earned Mr. Méndez the DGA Student Award for Best Latino Filmmaker-East Coast, in addition to other accolades. He holds an MFA in Filmmaking from Columbia University.
Diana Wade (Producer) – Diana received her MA in Film Studies from Columbia University, 2010. She produced Aquí y Allá and Una y Otra Vez. She is the distribution coordinator at Rialto Pictures.
Festival & Award Highlights:
Cannes Critic’s Week 2012 – Nespresso Grand Prize
San Sebastian Film Festival 2012
New York Film Festival 2012
Mumbai Film Festival 2012 – Best Film in International Competition
Thessaloniki Int’l Film Festival 2012 – Best Director
Gotham Awards 2012 – Breakthrough Director (nom)