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Posted 01 February 2012 - 07:02 PM

Has this been announced already? I haven't been in the loop for a long time and was surprised to read this article :detective:

 

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Los Chidos (Germany / Mexico / USA)
Director/Screenwriter: Omar Rodriguez Lopez
The Gonzales family tries hard to hold on to their beautiful Latino traditions of misogyny and homophobia when a tall, white, industrialist stranger appears, challenging their place in the exploitative food chain. Cast: Kim Stodel, Mar�a De Jes�s Canales Ram�rez, Manuel Ramos, Cecillia Guti�rrez, (World Premiere)



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Posted 01 February 2012 - 07:06 PM

I need a trailer.

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 07:07 PM

Hell yeah, good to know another film is finally ready. We should ask Cathy if they plan on putting up a trailer sometime soon.

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 07:15 PM

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 08:21 PM

I havent even seen engine slayer yet and he puts out a new one...

for who?

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 08:24 PM

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 11:10 PM

That is very good news! Hopefully someone is able to make it to the screening and give us some tidbits.

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 09:35 AM

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fans who dont get a chance to see the movie

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 01:31 PM

PutneySwope said he'll be able to take me to a screening if they hit up NYC with this. Can't wait! :)

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 12:59 AM

I just saw that today on the RodriguezLopezproduction website! Good to know he's releasing another film. Excellent opportunity to rick roll someone

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 01:41 PM

Poster and synopsis for the movie:

http://blogs.indiewi...miering-at-sxsw

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 12:31 PM

http://www.facebook.com/loschidosfilm

Set amid the noisy outskirts of some unnamed Mexican metropolis, Los Chidos tells the story of the Gonzales Family. Shady proprietors of a tire repair junkyard sandwiched between two busy freeways, the Gonzales clan's days are spent wallowing in lazy, mindless routine. Barely able to converse without resorting to misogyny and homophobia, the six of them pass the time glued to a decrepit television and stuffing their faces with tacos, preying on the occasional unlucky motorist. When a confused American industrialist happens into the shop with a flat tire, the family's place in the shame-free food chain is called into question. With his vehicle "out" for repairs indefinitely, a strange scenario unfolds whereby the pale stranger finds himself welcomed into their unpleasant fold. To complicate matters, he soon becomes infatuated with the newlywed bride of the family's neighbor. As a new love blossoms, dark secrets begin emerging, and both the family and their guest are in for some surprises. Los Chidos is at once both delightfully funny and desperately depraved; a satirical, sociopolitical commentary on the dynamic relationships between exploiter and exploited. Written by SK



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Posted 04 March 2012 - 04:36 PM

Poster and synopsis for the movie:

http://blogs.indiewi...miering-at-sxsw

The nuns are burning wheels again.

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 06:42 AM

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 09:46 AM

Twitchfilm.com's review:

SXSW 2012 REVIEW: LOS CHIDOS IS A BRILLIANTLY ABSURD JOURNEY

Leave it to Omar Rodriguez Lopez to create one of the wildest, most innovative, and full on challenging films of the year. As a founding member of The Mars Volta, Rodriguez Lopez helped define a brand of progressive hard rock music known for its wild, innovative, and challenging nature. In LOS CHIDOS, Rodriguez Lopez shows he just about has the directing chops to be the force on screen he has long been on stage.

Set in a modern day Mexican metropolis (it was filmed in Guadalajara), LOS CHIDOS is a fable that revolves around a family who run a roadside tire repair shop. The term run, however, should be applied pretty loosely, as the Gonzales family spends more time gorging themselves on tacos and watching TV than repairing tires, telling most customers to come back maana. While service may not be their fort, these folks do excel at the art of drinking; their watering hole providing refuge at the end of each long day, usually leading to debaucherous nights indulging their sexual urges, perhaps even with each other.


The excitement really begins when a handsome foreign man arrives at the tire stand in need of a repair. Dressed in his Sunday best and barely speaking a word of Spanish, the man waves around American money like the Gonzaleses have never seen. The Gonzaleses are immediately interested the opportunity to get a taste of both the stranger's sex appeal and his cash. Naturally his car can't be fixed until maana, giving them the night to drink, fawn over, and incessantly berate the stranger for his poor language skills. One night turns into three or four as the man finds his place among the family and falls hard for one of the neighborhood girls.

What sounds like a generally straight forward plot is anything but. LOS CHIDOS is an absurdist satire packed with enough allegory and iconography to supply a semester's worth of graduate level study. When she's not busy trying to suck the gay out of her nephew, pious old Mom is knocking boots with the murderous butcher. Pops is head over heels for his daughter, and not afraid to act on it. Oh, and that neighborhood girl? She is actually in love with a cross-dressing, genital mutilating fecal freak.

This movie is most certainly not for everyone. It's probably not for many at all. But when viewed through manically satirical shades, it is truly a fascinating commentary on gender roles in religion and society -- or as Rodrigues Lopez alluded to in his introduction, how fucked up the male psyche is.

From a stylistic point of view, the film is a real gem. The claustrophobic sets explode with color and the costume design is excellent. Unfortunately, the sound design is not such a big hit. 100 percent of the sound was recorded in post-production. The intention to give the film a 1940s/1950s feel mostly succeeds, but the technique is so heavy handed that its cringe inducing nature pulls the audience too far out of the film at times. Rodriguez Lopez did report he would like to remix the sound if he finds the time. If a remix could serve to reduce this jarring effect, that time would be well worth finding.

There is no doubt that certain scenes in LOS CHIDOS are pretty tough to stomach. Any theater-goer should be ready to see just about every taboo displayed on screen with no punches pulled. But if you are prepared for the extreme, and perhaps have a flask of tequila in your pocket, your journey into the mind of Omar Rodriguez Lopez will very likely be a thoroughly enjoyable one. Just don't forget your thinking cap.


http://twitchfilm.co...urd-journey.php

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 03:23 PM

and I thought we would have Sentimental on dvd by now... #stupidme

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 05:39 PM

Another very positive review from The Playlist:

http://blogs.indiewi...d-of-los-chidos

SXSW '12 Review: Omar Rodriguez Lopez's 'Los Chidos' Is Wild, Wacky, Weird, Bloody & Bold

Not everyone is going to be ready for the ride through "Los Chidos" that director Omar Rodriguez Lopez offers up. But his willingness to scare off a few of the faint of heart preserves his commitment to a truly bold and unique vision and an aesthetic all his own. This is the fifth feature film from the Mars Volta guitarist and only the second to play at a festival, and its unlike anything youve ever seen. Could this be the birth of a new auteur?
Meet the Gonzalez family. They run a tire shop in Guadalajara and lead a life of wanton laziness together, hitting the bar as a family, talking shit about everyone and slurping up the delicious tacos Mama makes for them everyday. Meet Rulo, the Gonzalez brothers friend. Hes newly wed to Alma, not to mention an abusive sociopath and transvestite having an affair with the local bar owner. Alma is so dedicated in her love for Rulo that he easily manipulates her into the emotional, physical and sexual abuse he subjects her to. Meet Kim. Hes a wayward American who stumbles into the Gonzalez family tire shop with a busted car and shakes up the communitys dynamic in a way that will leave them (and him) forever changed.

The Gonzalez children love Kim, and as they begin to fight for his attention, familial secrets and tension begin to surface. Everyone in the family is manipulating someone else -- into sex, into turning straight (the gay brother is a standout), or into some kind of emotional or physical violence. Mama is the dark horse who pulls a lot of the strings. Shes the caregiver and boss of this family, and shes having an affair with the butcher who supplies her with special taco meat. Kim starts to fall for Alma, and his white, upper class American naivete stands in sharp contrast to Rulos sadistic machismo. Rulos intense jealousy sets off a bloody chain of events that ultimately results in the downfall of their corrupt system.

As the blood starts to splatter (and oh, it splatters alright), it does so in a cheerfully and enthusiastically dark way. But this is not the kind of movie where you are laughing and cheering at the violence, but cringing and quaking and covering your eyes. There are a few truly shocking and disturbing moments in this rollicking dark romp, prompting a few walkouts during the screening. Yes, it might scare off some viewers. But those viewers will be missing out on a distinct, specific and truly creative voice and vision. Each shocking moment has a specific purpose and symbolic meaning within the film; its not just Divine eating dog shit in Pink Flamingos for the sake of celebrating trash, its a specific icon within the story that furthers its meaning. Yes, some of the symbols may be a little on the nose, but thats not what you are going to be complaining about while its unfolding on screen.

Rodriguez Lopezs film both looks and sounds bright and cheerful while depicting the darkest of human behaviors. The colors are saturated and sun blasted, and the soundtrack is a collage of traditional Mexican music, ballads, and bits of cinematic score that often exist in direct contrast to the images onscreen. For having been shot on a Canon 5D in 17 days with a skeleton crew (by Rodriguez Lopezs filmmaking collective Los Arquitectos De La Histeria) it looks fantastic. He also replaced all of the dialogue with ADR, creating an overly artificial, over the top sound. Kims lines are especially funny, delivered in an exaggerated American accent. The artificiality of the sound and the image keeps the viewer at an arms length; something you may be grateful for in some of the more harrowing moments. The film utilizes stereotypes and recognizable cinematic traditions and elements, but its almost as if Rodriguez Lopez broke them apart and put it back together again in a new, fascinating little Frankensteins monster of a satire.

Its not just that he thrusts his audience into unknown cinematic stylistic waters, its that everything he puts onscreen has a purpose toward serving his message. He is vocal about stating that the film is about misogynistic Latino culture, and it is a true satire of those pervasive social ills that is both disturbing and gleeful in its violence. Regardless of whether this is a film you can handle, its a perfect example of the kinds of bold new visions that festivals like SXSW should be championing. [B+]



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Posted 12 March 2012 - 06:29 PM

Twitchfilm.com's review:

SXSW 2012 REVIEW: LOS CHIDOS IS A BRILLIANTLY ABSURD JOURNEY

Leave it to Omar Rodriguez Lopez to create one of the wildest, most innovative, and full on challenging films of the year. As a founding member of The Mars Volta, Rodriguez Lopez helped define a brand of progressive hard rock music known for its wild, innovative, and challenging nature. In LOS CHIDOS, Rodriguez Lopez shows he just about has the directing chops to be the force on screen he has long been on stage.

Set in a modern day Mexican metropolis (it was filmed in Guadalajara), LOS CHIDOS is a fable that revolves around a family who run a roadside tire repair shop. The term run, however, should be applied pretty loosely, as the Gonzales family spends more time gorging themselves on tacos and watching TV than repairing tires, telling most customers to come back maana. While service may not be their fort, these folks do excel at the art of drinking; their watering hole providing refuge at the end of each long day, usually leading to debaucherous nights indulging their sexual urges, perhaps even with each other.


The excitement really begins when a handsome foreign man arrives at the tire stand in need of a repair. Dressed in his Sunday best and barely speaking a word of Spanish, the man waves around American money like the Gonzaleses have never seen. The Gonzaleses are immediately interested the opportunity to get a taste of both the stranger's sex appeal and his cash. Naturally his car can't be fixed until maana, giving them the night to drink, fawn over, and incessantly berate the stranger for his poor language skills. One night turns into three or four as the man finds his place among the family and falls hard for one of the neighborhood girls.

What sounds like a generally straight forward plot is anything but. LOS CHIDOS is an absurdist satire packed with enough allegory and iconography to supply a semester's worth of graduate level study. When she's not busy trying to suck the gay out of her nephew, pious old Mom is knocking boots with the murderous butcher. Pops is head over heels for his daughter, and not afraid to act on it. Oh, and that neighborhood girl? She is actually in love with a cross-dressing, genital mutilating fecal freak.

This movie is most certainly not for everyone. It's probably not for many at all. But when viewed through manically satirical shades, it is truly a fascinating commentary on gender roles in religion and society -- or as Rodrigues Lopez alluded to in his introduction, how fucked up the male psyche is.

From a stylistic point of view, the film is a real gem. The claustrophobic sets explode with color and the costume design is excellent. Unfortunately, the sound design is not such a big hit. 100 percent of the sound was recorded in post-production. The intention to give the film a 1940s/1950s feel mostly succeeds, but the technique is so heavy handed that its cringe inducing nature pulls the audience too far out of the film at times. Rodriguez Lopez did report he would like to remix the sound if he finds the time. If a remix could serve to reduce this jarring effect, that time would be well worth finding.

There is no doubt that certain scenes in LOS CHIDOS are pretty tough to stomach. Any theater-goer should be ready to see just about every taboo displayed on screen with no punches pulled. But if you are prepared for the extreme, and perhaps have a flask of tequila in your pocket, your journey into the mind of Omar Rodriguez Lopez will very likely be a thoroughly enjoyable one. Just don't forget your thinking cap.


http://twitchfilm.co...urd-journey.php

wow. i honestly wasn't very interested in this movie as im stubborn and still pissed that they haven't distributed sentimental engine slayer.. but after reading that, i am intrigued. this film sounds like a wild ride. i couldn't help but think of visitor Q as i was reading the sypnosis, Definitely gotta see this.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 09:39 PM

and I thought we would have Sentimental on dvd by now... #stupidme

same here...

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 10:49 PM

For those of us in the LA area..
omar should have a screening of this at downtown independent this year!
Like he did with the sentimental engine slayer last year,
did anyone else on here go to that screening?




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