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The Films of Eugenio Polgovsky

Docuseek is proud to present this retrospective of the films of Eugenio Polgovsky (1977-2017). Polgovsky studied film directing and cinematography at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica in Mexico City, and his first documentary, Tropic of Cancer, screened during the International Critics’ Week at Cannes in 2005, and was included in the Frontier section at Sundance.

In 2004, Polgovsky received the National Youth Award in Mexico. He worked as a cinematographer for documentaries, narratives, and visual arts projects, collaborating with artist Jae Eu Choi and renowned butoh dancer Yuzhio Amagatzu in Japan, among others.

In 2008, he directed Los Herederos (The Inheritors), a documentary about the children who work in the Mexican countryside. He spent three years working on the project, which premiered at the 65th Venice International Film Festival. Los Herederos was the first documentary invited to participate in the competition section Generation Kplus at the Berlin Film Festival. It garnered a number of awards, among these, two Ariel Awards (Best Documentary and Best Editing), Mexico's equivalent to the Oscars.

His films have all recently been restored and are streaming exclusively on Docuseek.

"A major talent." —The Hollywood Reporter

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The Films of Eugenio Polgovsky includes the following titles:

Laberinto de Luz / Lightbyrinth - imageLaberinto de Luz / Lightbyrinth

In Lightbyrinth, 21st-century digital technology meets 19th-century animation in homage to eminent physicist James C. Maxwell.

Tecolote Movies | 2016 | 7 minutes
Mitote / Mexican Ritual - imageMitote / Mexican Ritual

A shaman’s mystical rituals, furious electricians on hunger strike and a euphoric football crowd collide in the Zocalo, Mexico City’s central square, the ancient ceremonial heart of the Aztec empire.

Tecolote Movies | 2012 | 54 minutes
Resurrección / Resurrection - imageResurrección / Resurrection

The once-paradisiacal waterfall of "El Salto de Juanacatlán" in Jalisco is heavily polluted when an industrial corridor is established across the Santiago River.

Tecolote Movies | 2016 | 93 minutes
Success - imageSuccess

Filmed in Times Square, this short film presents a dystopian vision of urban life in which the celebration of high-finance rewrites the topography of the city, while landscapes and indigenous cultures have been entrapped by a hyperbolic visual regime.

Tecolote Movies | 2014 | 3 minutes
The Inheritors - imageThe Inheritors

At early age children begin to work in the Mexican countryside. This is a portrait of their lives and their daily struggle for survival.

Tecolote Movies | 2009 | 90 minutes | 8-12, College, Adult
Trópico de Cancer / Tropic of Cancer - imageTrópico de Cancer / Tropic of Cancer

Polgovsky’s stunning debut immerses the viewer in the impoverished lives of families in the arid desert region of San Luis Potosi in Mexico.

Tecolote Movies | 2004 | 52 minutes

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