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Norte: Finding What Was Never Lost

Danae Correa

April 10th 2024

This film shows the deep connection between director Natalia Bermudez, whose visual narrative has led her to work in productions such as "Stories of a Generation" for Netflix and "Marea Alta" for Vix, and her carefree brother, Rodrigo, with whom she shares a mutual passion for rock, their complex relationship with their parents, and a fight against addiction.

The film takes place during another attempt of rehabilitation from Rodrigo, who decides to change the toxic environment from Mexico City and move back to Tijuana, the place where they’re originally from, to reunite with their family. Between disagreements, childhood memories, and moments full of fraternal love, brother and sister can finally connect again and fight against the consequences of their addictions.

Natalia moves from the role of director, to the one of sister and daughter, to this she states feeling like having an open heart surgery because she doesn’t sugar coat anything, she shows the intimacy of her brother, and her family in a very raw and honest way. 

For the film Natalia was also in charge of the script, photography, and editing in partnership with Diego Cruz Cilveti, while Blanca Fernández, and Eduardo Franco were in charge of production with support from the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC). Supervising Sound Editing was made by César González Cortés, Mixing by Marco Hernández, and Sound Editing by Hasan Estudio.  

Norte was part of Guanajuato International Film Festival (GIFF) 26th edition Official Feature Film Selection, as well as the 18th edition of DocsMX. It won best Mexican Documentary Feature Film at the Festival Internacional de Cine de Guadalajara (FICG) in Mexico, and the Latin American Independent Film Festival in Germany. Also, had a honorary mention at Mexico 's International Documentary Film Festival Ópera Prima, and the Mexica Film Awards, lastly, it was part of the Rodando Film Festival in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. 

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