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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2013: #100. Shaul Schwarz’s Narco Cultura

Narco Cultura

Director: Shaul Schwarz
Producer(s): Ocean Size Pictures’ Todd Hagopian, Parts and Labor’s Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Despite being an avid fan of the docu form circa Errol Morris’ Thin Blue Line, unfortunately you won’t find many docu items on this countdown but making the top 100 cut is one that I’ve been tracking for a couple of years now in photographer Shaul Schwarz’s directorial debut. Six years in the making, Schwarz is an award-winning photo journalist with nerves of steel who somehow managed to immerse himself in a pop culture not related to dangerous celebs from the Hollywood hills, but instead one that belongs to the same violent backdrop of Gerardo Naranjo’s Miss Bala.

Gist: To a growing number of Mexicans and Latinos in the Americas, narco traffickers have become iconic outlaws and the new models of fame and success. They represent a pathway out of the ghetto – a new form of the American Dream, fueled by the war on drugs. NARCO CULTURA looks at this explosive phenomenon from within; cycles of addiction to money, drugs and violence that are rapidly gaining strength on both sides of the US/Mexican border.

Release Date: 2013 Sundance Film Festival invite – U.S. Documentary Competition. Should find a distribution deal at the fest for later release.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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