Institute History

  • 2008 Sundance Film Festival


Road movie, love story, and spiritual odyssey: Ricardo de Montreuil's richly atmospheric Máncora is that rare film so sensual that you not only watch it, but you also feel it. From the stunning actors to the lush locations, it washes over you like a warm ocean wave, transporting you to beautiful Peruvian places as it tells an intoxicating tale of forbidden desire.

To cope with his father’s recent suicide, Santiago decides to escape the harsh Lima winter for the picturesque beach town of Máncora. Upon his departure, he receives an unexpected visit from his beautiful stepsister, Ximena, and her arrogant husband, Inigo. The three take off on a party-fueled road trip, picking up a bohemian hitchhiker along the way before arriving in Máncora. Once in the beach town, they let loose, causing romantic tensions that threaten to tear the group apart.

Máncora is a dazzling second feature by de Montreuil and a remarkable vehicle for his amazing young actors—Elsa Pataky, Jason Day, and Enrique Murciano. They scintillate on screen, nearly combusting against the breathtaking backdrop. The intense, almost-physical force of the film’s visuals creates a truly transforming experience. Indeed the magic of the film’s imagery, music, and location provides a passionate journey into a world rarely seen in film and shows off the immense talents of an exciting new cinematic voice.

— Trevor Groth

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