WINNER: Silver Berlin Bear – For Artistic Contribution
Yibran Asuad (For Editing)
Berlin International Film Festival 2021
Following family tradition, Teresa and Montoya join the police force, only to find their convictions and hopes crushed by a dysfunctional system. Their emotional bond becomes a refuge for the hostility they are exposed to. Through an experimental style of narrative and documentary storytelling, A Cop Movie propels the viewer into an unusual cinematic space, giving voice to one of Mexico and the world’s most controversial institutions.
Director Alonso Ruizpalacios takes us deep into the Mexican police force with the story of Teresa and Montoya, together known as “the love patrol.” In this thoroughly original and unpredictable documentary, Ruizpalacios plays with the boundaries of nonfiction and immerses the audience into the human experience of police work within a dysfunctional system.
- Directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios
- Written by David Gaitán and Alonso Ruizpalacios
- Produced by Daniela Alatorre and Elena Fortes