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8th edition: 10 April - 14 April 2019

Oso polar (Polar Bear) (2018 Feature Film)

Marcelo TOBAR | Mexico | 2017 | color | DCP | 70' | Spanish | e.s.

When Heriberto picks up his former classmates Trujilo and Flor en route to a school reunion, memories of the first few years at school gradually emerge. On the surface a brief road movie to a suburb of Mexico City, Polar Bear soon proves to be a painful journey into the past.

The reunion of long-separated individuals can lead to beautiful moments. However, reunions almost always go wrong in films. Mild-mannered Heriberto is looking forward to his school reunion even if the atmosphere turns awkward the instant he picks up slick Trujillo and a little later the beautiful Flor who – unfortunately – can’t stay off the bottle while they’re driving. The trio are en route to a suburb of Mexico City, but they are having trouble getting there because of Heriberto’s ramshackle car and his passengers’ unscheduled excursions. It gets truly painful when their mutual history gradually comes to the surface.

In the first Mexican film shot on an iPhone, director Marcelo Tobar alternates between past and present with flashbacks to Heriberto’s experiences at the seminary where, in recent years, he was studying to be a priest. There too, Heriberto proved unable to forget his traumatic schooldays.

Winner Best Mexican Feature Award at Morelia International Film Festival 2017. International premiere


Place: The Cinemas 5

Date: 12 April 2018

Time: 19:45

Duration: 1:03

Place: The Cinemas 5

Date: 13 April 2018

Time: 17:00

Duration: 1:03

Place: The Cinemas 3

Date: 14 April 2018

Time: 15:00

Duration: 1:03

Year in Festival
Marcelo TOBAR
Mauricio Novelo
Humberto Busto
Verónica Toussaint
Cristian Magaloni
Harold Torres
Fernando Álvarez Rebeil
Luis Alberti
Marcelo Ceron
Patrick Danse
Adán Herrera
Elsa Reyes
Marcelo Tobar
Production Company
Zensky Cine
La Torre y el Mar
Production Design
Karen Torres
Luz verde / Lucero Garzón
Marcelo Tobar
Sound Design
Emilio Cortés
Year of Production
Marcelo TOBAR

After studying at the Vancouver Film School, Marcelo TOBAR (1977, Mexico) wrote, directed and produced three independent films. Both Asteroide (2015) and Polar Bear (2017) won various prizes at international festivals. At the Morelia International Film Festival, the jury – led by Hungarian director Béla Tarr - awarded Polar Bear the prize for Best Film. 


Dos mil metros (sobre el nivel del mar)/2000 Meters (Above Sea Level) (2008), Asteroide/Asteroid (2015), Oso polar/Polar Bear (2017)