Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Me and the Alien

El Alien y yo

2016, Jesús Magaña Vázquez, Mexico, 80 min. With Ines de Tavira, Juan Pablo Campa, Paco de la Fuente, Juan Ugarte.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jan 13th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Jan 14th 8:00pm
  • Sun, Jan 15th 5:00pm
  • Mon, Jan 16th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Jan 17th 8:15pm
  • Wed, Jan 18th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Jan 19th 8:15pm
U.S. premiere! Director Jesús Magaña Vázquez in person!

"Tender and unconventional." — Leah Pickett, Chicago Reader

A crowd-pleasing comedy and love story with the year’s best comeuppance plot, this sneaky little film gooses the old theme of a rock band’s rise and fall with some audacious twists, a cast made in heaven, and a unique take on diversity. A struggling punk band gets more than they bargained for when they hire Pepe (de la Fuente) a keyboardist with Down syndrome, snarkily nicknamed The Alien by Lauro (Campa), the band’s founder and lead singer. To the shock of the preening front man and the delight of his bass player girlfriend Rita (de Tavira), Alien’s out-of-this world tunes are the key to fame and a crafty top-notch manager. Jealous efforts to put the new star attraction in his place go humorously and satisfyingly awry, leaving the effortlessly subversive Alien with a winning hand. Special appearances include Café Tacvba’s Meme del Real and rocker Jessy Bulbo, showcasing Mexico City’s alternative rock scene. In Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

JANUARY 13 & 14: Director Jesús Magaña Vázquez and actor Juan Ugarte will be present for audience discussion.

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