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Midnight Family

Midnight Family

Midnight Family

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2019 / 81min / DCP

DIRECTOR: LUKE LORENTZEN

Friday, 7:30pm: Q&A with director Luke Lorentzen and producer Kellen Quinn, moderated by Matthew Heineman

In Mexico City, where the healthcare system struggles to address the needs of nine million residents, the Ochoa family runs one of the city’s privately owned ambulance services, scraping out a living by tending to the injured and desperately unwell, waiting on calls night after night, only to speed through the city’s streets hoping to beat rival EMT crews to the scene. These visceral race-against-the-clock runs give Midnight Family the vibe of a suspense film, while 17-year-old son Juan emerges as the film’s everyday hero, a hard-hustling young man who acts as the sturdy backbone to his at-risk family. Director Luke Lorentzen takes care to place the Ochoas’ struggle within a larger ecosystem of civil failure, subsistence-level scavenging, and endemic corruption.

A 1091 release.