- Jim McKay
- Fernando Cardona, Gilberto Jimenez, Abel Perez
A group of undocumented Mexican immigrants work long hours six days a week, and then savor their day of rest on Sundays on the soccer fields of Brooklyn. When José’s team makes it to the finals, he’s thrilled, but if he plays, he risks losing his job as a bicycle delivery person and his dreams for the future. “As we hang on the film’s plot twists, we also quietly absorb its points about the power of community and the purposeful determination of immigrants to create better lives for their families, not as special pleading but as something powerful and convincing. With a cast of non-professional actors recruited in Brooklyn by director Jim McKay, himself a Brooklyn native, this quiet film has an air of documentary-style observation.
“As its Spanish/English title indicates, Séptimo is determinedly bilingual. Not only does the Spanish dialogue have English subtitles, the English has Spanish ones, and when the characters speak in the indigenous Mixtec language, both English and Spanish appear on the screen. The sense of language as both a uniter and divider is rarely so deftly conveyed.” (LA Times)
“A work of unforced charm, a neorealist marvel.” (The Hollywood Reporter)
Shown as part of Ithaca’s Cine con Cultura Film Festival, an annual festival that brings Latin American and Latinx films to the Ithaca area to commemorate Latinx Heritage Month. It is organized by Cultura Ithaca! and hosts screenings at Cinemapolis, Ithaca College, and Cornell. Learn more about the Festival at facebook.com/Cineconcultura.