SXSW 2017: The Film Festival screened the US Premiere of “Tormentero”

By Liz Lopez

Source: SXSW, City of Austin and Casa Mexico SXSW

Casa Mexico SXSW 2017 kicked off Thursday, March 9th with a variety of panels, and pitches at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St. They also have several guest speakers that will have official engagements during the 2017 Interactive Conference that starts on Friday, March 10th.

The Casa Mexico Opening evening event featured Austin Mayor Adler and Consul General Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez as the speakers during the inauguration.

Casa Mexico SXSW 2017 is involved with the SXSW Film Festival this year as well and has highlighted the film “Tormentero” from Mexico that made its U. S. Premiere this month in Austin. “Tormentero” is screening in the Narrative Feature category.

The director is Rubén Imaz who also wrote the script with Fernando del Razo.

The film will have one more screening during the SXSW Film Festival:

March 15, 2017 –  Alamo Drafthouse Ritz 2 at 1:30pm —2:50pm

About the film: Romero Kantún is a retired fisherman, who lives mired in nostalgia and accompanied by ghosts of the life that he did not have. But he feels that it is time to reclaim the love and honor that he lost decades ago, when fate made him discover the great oil field that ended fishing on his island and won him the fishermen’s rejection. (Year: 2017)

Principal Cast: José Carlos Ruiz, Gabino Rodríguez, Mónica Jiménez, Waldo Facco

Genre:  Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Country: Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico

Language: Spanish with English Subtitles

Runtime: 80 mins


Born in Mexico City in 1979. His debut feature “Turtle Family” premiered at San Sebastian in 2006. His second film “Cephalopod” was developed at the Cinéfondation-Cannes Residency Program. In 2012, he produced “Fogo” by Yulene Olaizola presented at the Director´s Fortnight. Recently he presented “Epitaph” at Tallin Black Nights in co-direction with Yulene Olaizola.

Executive Producer: Matias Meyer, Yulene Olaizola

Producer: Julio Bárcenas, Rubén Imaz, Oscar Ruiz Navia, Gerylee Polanco, Laura Amelia Guzmán, Israel Cárdenas

Cinematographer: Gerardo Barroso

Editor: Israel Cárdenas, Rubén Imaz

Production Designer: Sofía Guzmán, Claudio Castelli

Sound Designer: José Miguel Enríquez

Music: Galo Durán, Camilo Plaza

For information on tickets and admission that is available with SXSW badges or wristbands for the festivals, visit

The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center is located at 600 River St. along the banks of Lady Bird Lake.

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