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The Wait

La Espera

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Canadian Premiere

In the arid desert of southern Spain, a labourer and recovering alcoholic, Eladio, with his beloved wife and young son, takes residence as the gamekeeper of a rural ranch. Three years into his tenure the family is on the brink of destitution. Forced to take a bribe to make ends meet, Eladio lets a hunting party make an unsafe hunt, and pays the a terrible price. Wracked with guilt, Eladio’s world begins to deteriorate as the debt comes due on his bargain. Director F. Javier Gutierrez brings his horror muscle to bear on what is fundamentally a rich character study and a felt tragedy. Sun-blistered cinematography, and the uneasy emptiness of the scorched Spanish country fuse elements of westerns, thrillers, visceral body horror, and psychological drama into a fresh Faustian folk tale.


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Víctor Clavijo, Ruth Díaz, Moisés Ruiz, Manuel Morón, Antonio Estrada

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Altered States


In Spanish with English subtitles

Content Warning

Graphic Violence, Self Harm, Drug & Alcohol Abuse


At International Village


At The Rio

99 min
Action & Suspense Drama

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Adrián Guerra, Antonio P. Pérez, F. Javier Gutiérrez


F. Javier Gutierrez


Miguel A. Mora


F. Javier Gutierrez

Production Design

F. Javier Gutierrez

Original Music

Zeltia Montes


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F. Javier Gutierrez

F. Javier Gutierrez is an award-winning filmmaker whose filmography crosses genres of horror, sci-fi and thriller. Before the Fall, Javier’s first feature, premiered in the the Berlin Film Festival. Rings, the third installment of The Ring franchise, opened #2 in the US box office and grossed $83M worldwide. Javier is member of the Directors Guild of America, and the European Film Academy, and serves as President of DR. T Producciones (Spain), and Unfiled Films (USA).

Filmography: Before the Fall (2008); Rings (2017)

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