“El Norte,” the epic, widely acclaimed masterpiece about the dreams of immigrants and the promise of America, will return to movie theaters in select markets this September in a special one-day-only 35th anniversary presentation from Fathom Events and Lionsgate.
Directed by Gregory Nava from a screenplay co-written by Anna Thomas, “El Norte” will play on Sunday, September 15, in more than 200 movie theaters nationwide. This special one-day-only presentation will include an exclusive introduction by Nava, whose films include the beloved hit “Selena.” The Fathom Events presentation will also include a brand-new featurette that explores the making of the film and features the film’s stars, Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez and David Villalpando.
Gregory Nava’s Oscar-nominated 1984 film, “El Norte”, is a powerful story of immigration to the United States continues to speak volumes.
“There is a crisis on our southern border -families are being torn apart –children are put in cages – Latinos were massacred in El Paso,” said director Gregory Nava.
“I made the Oscar nominated film ‘El Norte’ that portrays the plight of Latino refugees fleeing violence in their homeland and coming to El Norte — the United States — in search of not only a better life, but of sanctuary. Today, sadly, El Norte and its plea for humanity and compassion is needed more than ever.
“It is my hope, that as we begin Hispanic Heritage Month, we can all gather at the theaters showing ‘El Norte’; bringing friends and family as well as people who do not understand the issue, and create a dialogue to change the current narrative of hate and intolerance that plagues our nation,” stated Gregory Nava, “I know that if we work together, we can build something much stronger than a wall – we can build a bridge.”
Mr. Nava is donating his proceeds from the screening to the victims of the #ElPasoMassacre.
“It is my hope, that as we begin Hispanic Heritage Month, we can all gather at the theaters showing ‘El Norte’; bringing friends and family as well as people who do not understand the issue, and create a dialogue to change the current narrative of hate and intolerance that plagues our nation.”
The Fathom Events presentation of “El Norte” is the film’s first theatrical release since it debuted in U.S. theaters in early 1984, and will be shown in a newly restored version of the film that Nava produced with the help of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Following this special event, Lionsgate will release “El Norte” on digital formats on September 17.
“Nava’s groundbreaking and achingly humanistic narrative is the quintessential film about immigration,” noted film critic Claudia Puig (USA Today/NPR) wrote. “Today, 35 years after its debut, ‘El Norte’ is the film of our time.”
Nominated for an Oscar for its emotional and compassionate screenplay, written by Nava and Anna Thomas, “El Norte” was named to the U.S. National Film Registry in 1995. The film follows the struggle of two siblings, Rosa (Gutierréz) and Enrique (Villalpando) as they flee military violence and terror in their small rural home in Guatemala. They have heard stories of the promise of el Norte, or “the North,” and when their home is massacred by the military, they decide to make the dangerous trek through México and into the United States. Once there, Rosa and Enrique discover that their arduous journey is far from over, and that the dangers they face as immigrants are different, but no less life-threatening, than the dangers they thought they left behind.
“El Norte” features a cast filled with noted Latino performers, led by Gutiérrez and Villalpando and also including Lupe Ontiveros, Ernesto Gómez Cruz, Enrique Castillo and Tony Plana.
“‘El Norte’ is a special, magical film, a cinematic epic we are proud to showcase, particularly as issues of immigrants and their hopes and dreams fill the headlines,” said Tom Lucas, Fathom Events Vice President of Studio Relations. “Gregory Nava has created a modern American epic, one that resonates as strongly today as it did 35 years ago.”
Tickets for “El Norte 35th Anniversary” are available at FathomEvents.com and at participating movie theater box offices.
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