MUSEO premieres Sept. 11 at the Toronto International Film Festival. Two best friends (Gael García Bernal and Leonardo Ortizgris) flawlessly execute a heist of Mayan artifacts from Mexico City’s National Museum of Anthropology, but fencing the stolen goods proves trickier, in Alonso Ruizpalacios’ layered drama about art and its keepers.
Alonso Ruizpalacios’ original visual style in Güeros, his inspiring feature debut, signalled a fresh new voice in Mexican cinema. His follow-up, Museum, is an impressive and multi-layered art heist film. Loosely inspired by true events, Ruizpalacios blends themes of friendship, family, and genre in an artfully complex and assured piece that is at once fun and profound.
In Spanish with English subtitles.