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The Wall of Mexico

Zachary Cotler, Magdalena Zyzak, USA, Mexico 2019, 110’
The Giant To the Stars

The directorial duo of Polish-born Magdalena Zyzak and Zachary Cotler—no strangers to American Film Festival audiences—are back with their own version of Trading Places. This time, in spite of theories repeated by Donald Trump, it is a wealthy Mexican–American family that decides to wall off poor people who believe that the water flowing through the family’s property has miraculous powers. With the help of young actors, as well as some familiar faces—including Mariel Hemingway, the unforgettable Tracy from Manhattan—Zyzak and Cotler tell a mesmerizing story in which a new employee (Jackson Rathbone) watches rich kids sipping champagne on the lawn during their never-ending parties. He develops a growing interest in one of the girls who comes to the parties. Wicked, arrogant brats with sick minds, is how the white man describes them—having worked for the Aristas family for years, he is jealous of not being in their place. After all, Zyzak and Cotler’s film has no room for stereotypes.

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Zachary Cotler

Zachary Cotler has directed three full-length films with Magdalena Zyzak: Maya Dardel, The Wall of Mexico, and When I'm a Moth, in which they take a look at the life of Hillary Rodham. He also composed the soundtrack for the first two titles. He has won numerous poetry awards, including the Sawtooth Poetry Prize for his Sonnets to the Humans, published in 2013. Born in 1981, he grew up in California. He studied at prestigious Cornell University.


2017 Maya Dardel

2019 Wielki Mur Meksykański / The Wall of Mexico

2019 Gdy będę ćmą / When I’m a Moth

Magdalena Zyzak

Magdalena Zyzak is a director and writer who was born in Zabrze in 1983. Her debut film, Maya Dardel, starring Lena Olin and directed together with Zachary Cotler, was an award winner in Prague and at the Raindance Festival. It was also shown during the eighth edition of the American Film Festival. After The Wall of Mexico, which premiered at SXSW, their next joint project will be When I'm a Moth. In 2014, Magdalena published the novel The Ballad of Barnabas Pierkiel. She co-wrote the screenplay for the film Redland.


2017 Maya Dardel

2019 Wielki Mur Meksykański / The Wall of Mexico

2019 Gdy będę ćmą / When I’m a Moth

Cast & Crew

director Zachary Cotler, Magdalena Zyzak
screenplay Zachary Cotler
cinematography Lyn Moncrief
editing Gabriel Foster Prior
music Zachary Cotler
cast Jackson Rathbone, Esai Morales, Marisol Sacramento, Carmela Zumbado, Mariel Hemingway
producer Marla Arreola, Sarahí Castro, Adrian Durazo
production The Winter Film Company, Spécola
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language English
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