The U.S.-Mexico co-production film LUPE UNDER THE SUN (Lupe bajo el sol), Rodrigo Reyes' follow up to his critically acclaimed documentary film PURGATORIO, will have its World Premiere as an official selection in the World Fiction Competition at the 2016 edition of the L.A. Film Festival, running June 1-9. Filmed in a classic neorealist style and inspired by the life of his own grandfather, director Reyes's deeply moving debut fiction feature, is at once an intimately drawn meditation on life's missed chances and a tale of the universal struggles of immigrants.
Long estranged from his family in Mexico, migrant laborer Lupe finds relief from the backbreaking work of harvesting peaches in California's Central Valley through beer-drenched camaraderie and a quiet love affair with fellow immigrant Gloria. Soon the stability of his daily routine begins to crack under the weight of a life scarred with regret and missed opportunities.
Playing with the limits between fiction and documentary, Reyes worked with non-professional actors, real farmworkers living in the heart of California, to tell a moving drama about an aging peach picker who wants to go back to his home in Mexico before he dies.
Winner of Film Independent's Canon Filmmaker Award and FICG in LA's Post-Production Award, Reyes's unforgettable film heralds the arrival of an important new voice in American cinema.