In the Pit

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Juan Carlos Rulfo's film is a powerful documentary about the personal struggles behind the construction of a massive elevated freeway. With lyricism and compassion, this film reveals this medieval nightmare underneath an ambitious utopian dream: Mexico City's Periferico Beltway, more than 10 miles of elevated reinforced concrete, supported by massive towers, that has been planned to both soar above and link the city's densely gridlocked urban neighborhoods. But while the roadway is a spectacular miracle of modern architectural design, it comes with a human cost.


Studio Kino Video
SKU 204817416
UPC 738329051921
UPC 14 00738329051921
Format DVD
Release Date 9/4/2007
Name Rulfo,Juan Carlos
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Cast & Crew
Eugenia Montiel - Producer
Isabel Dolores Hernandez - Featuring
Jose Guadalupe Calzada - Featuring
Juan Carlos Rulfo - Cinematographer
Juan Carlos Rulfo - Producer
Juan Carlos Rulfo - Director
Juan Carlos Rulfo - Writer
Leonardo Heiblum - Original Music By
Pedro Sanchez Bernal - Featuring
Sofia Garcia Lopez - Featuring
Valentina Leduc Navarro - Editor
Winner (2006) Sundance Film Festival, Juan Carlos Rulfo, Grand Jury Prize - World Cinema - Documentary
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Review For a film that depicts the filthy, dangerous work of building the second level of Mexico City's Periferico freeway, the unlikely beauty of Juan Carlos Rulfo's "In the Pit" is just one of the surprising complexities of this latest in an extraordinary wave of Mexican nonfiction cinema. More an inquiry into what makes working people tick than a study of the project itself, the pic highlights the human dimensions involved in any huge public project...when Rulfo wants to command attention, he does it grandly, as in the breathtaking final shot, a bravura and exquisitely composed six-minute-plus helicopter scan over the entire Periferico project. If freeway construction can be viewed as a metaphysical act, this is the ultimate proof. Leo Heiblum's pulsating music and Samuel Larson's dense, fascinating sound editing rewardingly compliment Rulfo's electrifying visuals. Pic boasts some of the most readable subtitles recently seen -- exceptionally clear in bold yellow type.
Reviewer Robert Koehler
ReviewRating 8
English, DVD, Letterbox, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Rulfo,Juan Carlos
Label Kino International
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Entertainment Weekly ...the experience of grasping the scale of something so big, built by so many so small is awe inspiring.
The New York Times Literally and existentially down and absorbing documentary about work and the transformation of men into laborers.

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