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Interview: David Zonana – Heroic

Interview: David Zonana – Heroic

In his sophomore feature, David Zonana plunges into the dark underpinnings that propel military college-type institutions in Mexico (not much different around the world) with a film that provides an unflinching examination of moral corruption and normalcy in victimization thus reflecting the broader issues prevalent in his native Mexico. Serving as a subversive critical essay on violence, Heroico is the death by a thousand cuts of the soul and it asks whether a moral compass is even possible in modern day Mexico. When combined with his debut film (Workforce – 2019), which explored themes of social hierarchy and ownership, we can rely on this filmmaker to consistently produce the type of thought-provoking films that challenge and compel audiences to confront the current state of affairs.

Just prior to the film moving to the Berlinale, in my sit-down with David Zonana in Park City (during the 2023 Sundance Film Festival) I got to discuss some of the more disturbing elements of the film, how he went about researching a subject that is far removed from the public eye, and some of the moving camera aesthetic strategies he used alongside Carolina Costa.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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