Motorcyclist’s Happiness Won’t Fit Into His Suit

a film by

Mexico | 10' | 03/2021 | fiction

There he sits proudly on his beautiful motorbike which he would never loan to anyone. He is certain that he alone can explore the jungle. A playful re-enactment with reversed roles that takes aim at the hubris of the colonial conquerors.

“Gabriel Herrera paints a nonconformist picture of the Spanish conquest of Indigenous lands, set in modern context. The relationship between new and ancient, modernity and nature is put into a play of reversed roles.”
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“Gabriel Herrera paints a nonconformist picture of the Spanish conquest of Indigenous lands, set in modern context. The relationship between new and ancient, modernity and nature is put into a play of reversed roles.”
Square Eyes - 71_IFB_BerlinaleShorts_Competition_2_red_72dpi

Gabriel Herrera

Biography

The filmmaker and video artist was born in Mexico. He studied film at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Cinematográficas in Mexico City and at the Polish National Film School in Łódź. He has made several short films and video works. He currently lives in Mexico where he is taking a doctorate in film theory while teaching film and making social documentaries. He is also developing his debut feature film.

Filmography

  • First Movement For 20 Men In an Empty Room – 2008 – short film
  • Word Puzzle For an Empty House – 2009
  • Holes – 2013
  • How to Reach God Through Proper Exercising – 2016 – short film
  • A Boat – 2017
  • Motorcyclist’s Happiness Won’t Fit Into His Suit – 2021 – short film
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Crew

Director: Gabriel Herrera
Screenplay: Gabriel Herrera, Stefanie Reinhard
Producer: Susana Bernal
Co-producer: Parrafilm: Artemio Narro
Cinematographer: Stefanie Reinhard
Sound Design: Gabriel Herrera
Sound Editor: Naybi Suyua, Rodrigo Navarro, Pablo Herrera
Sound Mixing: Ricardo Arteaga
Sound Recording: Alajandra Hernández
Editor: Gabriel Herrera
Production Designer: Luis Castañeda
Cast: David Illiescas, Ángel Morales, Lisandro Robles, Ulises Robles, Estefanía Guerrero, Joel Ramirez

Festivals

  • Berlinale International Film Festival, Germany (1 – 5 March, 2021)
    Berlinale Shorts
  • Hong Kong International Film Festival, Hong Kong (1 – 12 April, 2021)
    Short Film Competition Won: Firebird Award – Grand Prix for Short Film
  • Las Palmas International Film Festival, Spain (9 – 18 April, 2021)
    Short Film Competition Won: CIMA Award
  • VIENNA SHORTS – International Short Film Festival, Austria (27 May – 1 June, 2021)
    Fiction & Documentary Competition
  • Hamburg Short Film Festival, Germany (1 – 7 June, 2021)
    International Competition
  • Bogotá Experimental Film Festival, Colombia (1 – 31 August, 2021)
    Competition
  • Kyiv International Short Film Festival, Ukraine (4 – 8 August, 2021)
    International Competition
  • Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival, Brazil (19 – 29 August, 2021)
    International Program Won: Best Latin-American Short Film
  • IndieLisboa Film Festival, Portugal (21 August – 6 September, 2021)
    Silvestre Competition
  • Kino Otok – Isola Cinema International Film Festival, Slovenia (25 – 29 August, 2021)
    Video on the Beach
  • Telluride Film Festival, United States (2 – 6 September, 2021)
    Filmmakers of Tomorrow
  • Verín International Short Film Festival, Spain (4 – 12 September, 2021)
    Official Selection Won: Numax Award
  • Seoul Yeongdeungpo International Extreme-short Image & Film Festival, South Korea (7 – 12 September, 2021)
    International Competition
  • Toronto International Film Festival, Canada (9 – 18 September, 2021)
    Short Cuts
  • FICBUEU International Short Film Festival, Spain (10 – 19 September, 2021)
    Experimental Competition Won: Best Experimental Film Award
  • Tirana International Film Festival, Albania (24 – 30 September, 2021)
    Short Film Competition
  • Camden International Film Festival, United States (16 – 26 September, 2021)
    Official Selection
  • Guanajuato International Film Festival, Mexico (17 – 26 September, 2021)
    National Competition Won: Best National Short Film
  • Rooftop Films, United States (September, 2021)
  • Nashville Film Festival, United States (30 September – 6 October, 2021)
    Competition
  • Black Canvas – Festival for Contemporary Cinema, Mexico (1 – 10 October, 2021)
    National Competition Won: Best National Short Film
  • Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada (1 – 11 October, 2021)
    Modes
  • Festifreak – Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de La Plata, Argentina (1 – 17 October, 2021)
    Competition
  • Curtocircuíto – International Film Festival, Spain (2 – 10 October, 2021)
    RADAR Competition Won: Premio Radar
  • CineMigrante – International Film Festival, Argentina (5 -13 October, 2021)
    Archive Fabulation. Appropriation, reorganisation, manipulation
  • Festival Du Nouveau Cinéma, Canada (6 – 17 October, 2021)
    International Competition
  • International Short Film Festival of Cyprus, Cyprus (9 – 15 October, 2021)
    Competition 
  • EUREKA University Film FESTIVAL, Colombia (12 – 19 October, 2021)
    Panorama: Recóndito latinoamericano
  • Kaohsiung Film Festival, Taiwan (15 – 31 October, 2021)
    International Short Film Competition
  • Tehran International Short Film Festival, Iran (19 – 24 October, 2021)
    International Competition
  • Uppsala Short Film Festival, Sweden (25 – 31 October, 2021)
    International Competition 

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