Los días sin Joyce (un diario imaginario)Bill Joyce
Days Without Joyce (An Imaginary Diary)

Anna Soler, Agustín Oso Tapia
Mexico, Documentary, 2007
63 min, S16mm, Color and Black & White
Spanish with English subtitles


In 1930, the American Smelting & Refining Company hired William "Bill" Parker to work at the Angangueo mines in Michoacán. Bill arrived with his girlfriend, Joyce Hartzell, a photographer. Bill and Joyce fell in love with the town and its simple ways and decided to make it their permanent home. Bill was an amateur filmmaker and used his 16mm camera to shoot several documentaries portraying day-to-day life in Angangueo and Joyce’s trips around Spain and South America. But Joyce died in 1975, victim to pulmonary cancer, and 36 days later, Bill shot himself in the head. Bill’s diary describes those last few days: from Joyce’s passing to his own suicide. The movies and photographs made by the Parkers over the years become the material that relives their memories and tells the story of these two lovers that even death couldn’t tear apart.


Mature audiences

MACC, Monday April 27, 9 PM



Agustín Oso Tapia was born in Torreón, Coahuila in Mexico. Since 1998 he has written stories and scripts for films and TV shows and he has directed commercials and video clips. In 2003 he made his first feature film, Club Eutanasia, which was an official selection at XX Guadalajara Film Festival, where he received the Audience Award. Anna Soler was born in Castellón, Spain in 1972. She studied at the Escuela Superior de Fotografía e Imagen de Valencia and in 1998 she moved to Morelia, Michoacán in Mexico, where she works as a photojournalist and as a cinematographer.

Producer: Anna Soler, Agustín Oso Tapia
Screenwriter: Agustín Oso Tapia
Cinematographer: Anna Soler Cepriá
Editor: Anna Soler, Agustín Oso Tapia
Music: Carlos Cendejas