Lucinda Urrusti. Painter.

This is a portrait of painter Lucinda Urrusti who was born in Melilla, Spanish Morocco, 1926. She arrived in Mexico in 1939, with her parents and brother, as refugees from the Spanish Civill War. The film is constructed from articulated fragments of interviews made to her from 2012 through 2017. These interviews are intertwined with a critical text of her art by writer Jaime Moreno-Villarreal, and is complemented by art researcher Eduardo Espinosa-Campos’ and artist Manuel Felguérez’ participation. The film was produced and directed by Juan Francisco Urrusti, the artist’ s nephew.

  • Juan Francisco Urrusti-Alonso
    In exile: a family film
  • Juan Francisco Urrusti-Alonso
    In exile: a family film
  • Juan Francisco Urrusti-Alonso
    In exile: a family film
  • Lucinda Urrusti
    Key Cast
    In Exile: a Family Film (2017)
  • Jaime Moreno-Villarreal
    Key Cast
  • Eduardo Espinosa-Campos
    Key Cast
  • Manuel Felguérez
    Key Cast
    Manuel Felguérez (2012)
  • María Aurora Urrusti
    Key Cast
    "Mariau (herself)"
    In Exile: a Family Film (2017)
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Lucinda Urrusti. Pintora.
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 30 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 24, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    100,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    HD (blown up to 2K)
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1:1.85 flat
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • 9. On Art
    July 9, 2020
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 10. Paris Art and Movie Awards
    September 22, 2020
    French Première
    Nominated, cat. "Best Documentary"
  • 32. Girona Film Festival
    November 7, 2020
    Spanish Premiere
    Official Selection. Due to the pandemic, all screenings were canceled, including those on line. Only the judges saw the films.
  • 3. FilmArte Festival Berlin
    October 5, 2020
    German Premiere
    "Best Director"
  • 18. Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia
    October 31, 2020
    Latin American Premiere
    Special screening (not in competition)
  • 13. International Moving Film Festival
    Abadan &Khoramshar (Arvand Free Zone, KHOUZESTAN
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
    December 30, 2020
    Middle East Premiere
  • 12. San Francisco Latino Film Festival
    San Francisco
    United States
    January 8, 2021
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 28. San Diego Latino Film Festival
    San Diego
    United States
    March 14, 2021
    San Diego
    Official Selection
  • 4. SANFICI Santander Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente
    February 23, 2021
    South American Première
    Official Selection, Panorama Section, Not in competition
  • 54. WorldFest-Houston
    United States
    April 24, 2021
    Texas premiere
    "Special Jury Remi Award" (Documentary)
  • 14. Cine del Mar
    Punta del Este
    July 7, 2021
    Uruguay Première
    Official Selection.
  • 43. Semana de Cine de Lugo
    September 25, 2021
    Documentary Section. Not in competition
  • 5. Wales International Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    September 15, 2021
    United Kingdom Premiere
  • 13. Seattle Latino Film Festival
    United States
    October 8, 2021
    Northewest Coast Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 5. Festival de Cine Latino Americano Texas ( South)
    Corpus Christi
    United States
    October 3, 2021
    Corpus Christi Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 4. Overcome Film Festival
    Anaheim, CA.
    United States
    October 23, 2021
    Anaheim Première
  • 21. Aporia International Village Film Festival
    Aporia, Gangwon-do
    Korea, Republic of
    June 22, 2022
    Korea Première
    NOMINEE, so far. Yet the festival has been postponed. It will take place in June, 2022.
  • 3. The Continental Film Festival
    October 10, 2021
    München Première
    Nominee, Best Director & Nominee, Best Documentary
  • 5. The Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes
    November 27, 2021
    Cannes Première
    Official Selection
  • 5. Festival de Cine Latino Americano Texas (North)
    United States
    December 23, 2021
    Dallas Première
    Official Selection
  • 40. Festival International du Film sur l'Art
    March 16, 2022
    Canadian Première
    Official Selection. The Festival will take place in March 15-thru 27, 2022
  • 3. Barcelona Indie Filmmakers Fest BARCIFF
    June 23, 2022
    Barcelona Premier
    Official Selection.
  • 3. Alternative Indie Pro
    October 28, 2022
    Best Art Documentary
  • 4. Indie Doc Pro Film Festival
    October 30, 2022
    Best Biographic Doc
  • 12. Blow Up Arthouse Filmfest Chicago
    United States
    November 14, 2022
    Chicago Premiere
  • 3. Boden International Film Festival
    October 21, 2021
    Swedish Premiere
Distribution Information
  • Juan Francisco Urrusti
    Country: Mexico
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Juan Francisco Urrusti-Alonso

Born in Mexico City, in 1954. Urrusti enroled the Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia. But he stayed there just for a year and a half, because he then enroled a two-year Diploma Course in Filmmaking at The London International Film School. In 2010 he gets a degree in Communication Sciences in Mexico City.
He has directed and produced documentaries, the majority of which are Ethnographic.
He was Head of the Film and Video Production Dept. at the Archivo Etnográfico Audiovisual of the Instituto Nacional Indigenista from 1985 thru 1989. There he was executive producer of seven documentaries: Xochimilco, siempre de fiesta. (Dir. Eduardo Maldonado, 1987); Tejiendo mar y viento y La vida de una familia Ikoods. (Dirs. Luis Lupone y Teófila Palafox, 1987); Atzazilitztli: una petición de lluvias nahua (Dir. Alfredo Portilla, 1987); Casas Grandes: una aproximación a la Gran Chichimeca. (Dir: Rafael Montero, 1986); Hach Winik. (los dueños de la selva). (Dir: Juan Carlos Colín, 1985); El eterno retorno (testimonios de la tribu kikapú). (Dir: Rafael Montero, 1985); De bandas, vidas y otros sones (Dir: Sonia Fritz, 1985); Danza de conquista. (Dir: Gonzalo Martínez, 1985),

He has been a teacher of Documentary at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC) in Mexico City, since 1989, and at the Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos (CUEC/UNAM) since 2016. Urrusti has given lectures and workshops in several Mexican cities, and also in universities in Brazil, Colombia, Nicaragua, Spain, and the USA. He is currently working on two documentaries about Mexican artists.
He directed the Mexico City Film Commission from 2001 thru 2005.

Filmography as director:

Lucinda Urrusti: painter (to be completed in February, 2020), In exile: a family film (completed in January, 2017), Dando la noticia (1998 – 1999), Vivir en la lucha libre (1998), Adolfo López Mateos: historia de un seductor orador (1997), El pueblo mexicano que camina (IEnglish title: A long Journey to Guadalupe (1996), Tepú (1995), A cruz y espada (1992), Señor de Otatitlán (1990), Piowachuwe | La vieja que arde (1987), Encuentros de medicina maya (1987), Me llamo Renato (Renato Leduc) (1983), Monólogo a dos voces (Juan de la Cabada) 1983, Mara’Acame: cantador y curandero (1982), Brujos y curanderos (1981), Withdrawal (1978) , Listen i’ m going to make a poem but don’t laugh (1977) .

Filmography as Producer
Lucinda Urrusti: Painter (2020), In exile: a family film (2017), El pueblo mexicano que camina (English title: A Long Journey to Guadalupe) Co-producer, 1996.

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Director Statement

What pushed me to make this film was my aunt's art, and her lifelong struggle to become a true artist, from the time when she was only a teenager to our days. That said, she is a wonderful and very generous human being.