Homo Sapiens

Institute History

  • 1993 Guadalajara Mexican Screenwriters Lab


As a result of those sad things that sometimes happen in life. the young immigrant of Cuban origin Jose Gonzalez is forced to kill a man in defense of love, which is a legitimate way of killing in self-defense. He is sentenced to a century and a half of imprisonment, but on his 33rd birthday he is offered the opportunity of shortening his term in half by accepting to purge his last years by living as an animal at the zoo. For the first time, since David Garnett's novel, a zoo proudly displays the most perfect animal in Creation: man. As a result of a merciless commercialization of his case, Jose will become the most famous personality in the world. While living at the zoo, Jose will fall in love with Marlenne. and make friends with Nelson, a humble zoo employee who knows that man is not only the only animal that laughs and cries but, above all, the only creature willing to suffer, and to die, in the place of another one. One day the news Is out that the zoo's homo sapiens has escaped, in search of love, and that a man runs loose in the streets. a man in liberty. Man goes out to hunt man: Adam and Eve ore again driven out of Paradise. The animal that we were is accosted by the spiteful animal that we have become.

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