Dana, Carnaval y Tzompantli
Fernando Colin Roque (MX)
Dana, Carnaval y Tzompantli
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The methodical polarisation between life and death raises the question of the metaphysical meaning of life. The drama involves a Mexican transvestite who goes to northern France to soothe the pain of his/her mother’s death and also to discover whether the carnival, like death, makes us all equals.
This film was shot during two carnivals, one in Chiapa de Corzo in Mexico and the other in Dunkerque, in France. In making this film, my aim was to describe the desperate will to survive. Over the top and sometimes pathetic, the character of Dana is not without humour, like the carnival at which the dead are alive and dance.

My way of directing is more novelistic than documentary. I adopt the personal viewpoint of the character, following the action with a wide-angle lens and a shoulder-mounted camera. When that is effective, the viewer is caught up in the event and is placed at the centre of every sequence and thus the film, surrounded by people who are talking. Ideally, the viewer will receive enough information to be able to understand what is happening, with no barrier between him and the subject of the film.

Tlacaelel Colin, Alain Fleischer, Bela Tarr, Estelle Benazet, François Bonenfant, Le Fresnoy - Studio national, R7D et à toutes les personnes du Mexique et de la France qui ont rendu le film possible.

Fernando Colin Roque
Fernando Colin Roque Mexique
Promotion André S. Labarthe

Through his work, Fernando Colin Roque (1989, Mexico) tries to understand the human condition, as well as man’s contradictions, frailty and ambivalence in the face of complicated facts, such as gender, migration, memory and death. In 2008, he made Al canto del Bajío, a documentary that went on to win many prizes. He studied at the Berlinale Talent Campus. He has made The Most Living Shout, a production for the Mexican Ministry of Culture, as well as the film Coba: Esperanza. Ikki Films is producing his next long documentary, La Vida es un carnaval.


Diplômé en arts graphiques et production audiovisuelle de l’Université National Autonome du Mexique (UNAM).
2008 dirige Le chant des plaines, documentaire qui obtient de nombreux prix
2009 étudiant au Berlinale Talent Campus
2012 réalise Le cri le plus vivant, production du Ministère de la Culture du Mexique

  • Scénario: Fernando Colin Roque
  • Image: Fernando Colin Roque
  • Son: Julio Rojas, Ludivine Pelé
  • Montage image: Mattia Petulla
  • Montage son: Ludivine Pelé, Florent Bourgain
  • Mixage: Yannick Delmaire
  • Musique originale: Sergio Gurrola

Production : Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains