GREATEST HITS (LOS MEJORES TEMAS)
In one of the most inventive and humorous films of AFI FEST 2012, 30-year-old Nicolás Pereda's sixth film deconstructs linear storytelling by wittily playing with reality, perception and appearances. Gabino grew up without a father, male guidance or a career path. To make ends meet and support his mother, he sells “Greatest Hits” CDs in the subway. After decades of absence, Gabino's father materializes, asking for a place to stay. Gabino and his mother turn him away, unaware that he already has a new home and a job. Pereda creates a hybrid observational film by cleverly utilizing actors he has cast in his previous films to play the same roles thus enabling various genres to coexist. Challenging all cinema norms, GREATEST HITS drifts from documentary to fiction, questioning and exploring the dynamics of a common theme in Mexican households: the absent father. —Dilcia Barrera
Born in Mexico City in 1982, Nicolás Pereda holds a Master of Arts in directing from York University in Toronto. He has directed six features and one short film that have won awards at many festivals. Additionally, he has made films and videos for interdisciplinary plays, operas and dance pieces that have been performed in Mexico, Asia and Europe.
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