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LOS ÁNGELES

LOS  ÁNGELES
photo © Weydemann Bros.

Seventeen-year-old Mateo and his family are preparing for him to leave their small Mexican village for Los Angeles, like so many before him. His dream is to work hard in Los Angeles to support his mother and younger brother back home. However, Mateo is dependent upon the support of the local gang – even more than on his family savings – to ensure his safe passage and “help” on the other side. Initially, Mateo is willing to do anything to join the gang; that is, until the leader demands that he kill a rival gang member. Mateo refuses to carry out the murder and the gang leader seeks bitter revenge.

The next day at the local rodeo, Mateo is thrown from a bull and smashes up his leg. His family makes the rash decision to send his kid brother across the border in his place. As a result, the gang leader promises to have Mateo‘s little brother murdered upon his arrival in Los Angeles.

On a quest to save his brother’s life, Mateo races to catch up with him and send him back home safely. In an attempt to finally put an end to the violence, Mateo decides to take his brother‘s place on the road to Los Angeles, thus exposing himself to imminent danger.


Damian John Harper was born in 1978 in Colorado/USA. After receiving his degree in Anthropology, he worked as an Ethnologist in Southern Mexico before studying Film Directing at the University of Television and Film in Munich. His graduation short film TEARDROP won numerous awards in over 50 festival competitions around the world. His feature debut LOS ÁNGELES participated in the Berlinale Talents Project Market, premiered at the Berlinale in 2014, and won him the German First Steps Award. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RIVER, developed in the Cannes Cinéfondation, is his second fiction feature.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2014
Director Damian John Harper
Screenplay Damian John Harper
Cinematography Friede Clausz
Cast Donaciano Bautísta Matías, Marcos Rodriguez, Lidia García, Daniel Bautista, Donaciano Bautísta Matías
Producers Jonas Weydemann, Jakob D. Weydemann
Co-Producers Frank Evers, Helge Neubronner, Andreas Eicher
Production Company Weydemann Bros., in co-production with cine plus Filmproduktion
Length 97 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Original Version
 Zapotec, Spanish
Subtitled Versions English, German
Festivals Berlinale 2014 (Forum), Guadalajara 2014, IndieLisboa 2014, Los Angeles 2014, Brussels 2014, Shanghai 2014, Guanajuato 2014, Rio de Janeiro 2014
Awards Best First Feature Guadalajara 2014, First Steps Award 2014
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, German Federal Film Fund
German Distributor Farbfilm Verleih

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