Arráncame la vida

General Andrés Ascensio

Tear This Heart Out
Roberto Sneider
Mexico/Spain, Drama, 2008
110 min, 35mm, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

Arráncame la vida begins its journey during a transformative period in Mexican history. The Revolution of 1910 is over and the country’s rule is open to whatever politician had the audacity to grab it. Dominating men fight ruthlessly for control, manipulating and exploiting others to gain power. Growing up in 1930s Mexico, Catalina Guzmán knows little of the world beyond her father’s house, unaware of the political storm that looming over the whole country. General Andrés Ascensio is one of the iconic men who exemplifies the concept of Mexican machismo. He arrives unannounced into Catalina’s life, confidently seducing her into marriage. She follows him willingly, entranced by his power, wealth, sexuality and the escape he offers from her provincial life. She is pushed into the tedious existence of a politician’s wife, an endless series of state dinners, public speeches and social obligations. Despite her bravery and enduring spirit, Catalina is encaged by her marriage to Andrés until she meets the young and vibrant Carlos Vives. The handsome orchestra director provides Catalina with her greatest desire, her greatest love and her greatest tragedy. Most importantly, Carlos is the catalyst that transforms Catalina definitively and irrevocably. Based on the iconic novel by Ángeles Mastretta, Arráncame la vida is the story of a young woman searching for freedom and identity during Mexico’s defining era.


Mature audiences

Alamo South Lamar, Thursday April 30, 7 PM

Director Roberto Sneider in attendance

On-line ticket sales are closed. A limited number of tickets will be available at the box office of the Alamo South. These tickets will be sold on a first come-first served basis.

Roberto Sneider, born in Mexico City, is a graduate of Universidad Iberoamericana and of the directing program at the American Film Institute. In 1994 he wrote, produced and directed his first feature film, Dos crímenes, which has won more than 15 international awards including the Montgolfier d'Or at Nantes and three Ariels (Mexican Academy Awards). Between 1996 and 2001, he also produced Frida, based on Hayden Herrera’s biography of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, which received 6 Academy Award nominations, and won 2 of them. Arráncame la vida is his second feature film as a director, writer and producer.

ArrancamePostersProducer: Alejandro Soberón Kuri, Federico González Compéan, Roberto Sneider
Screenwriter: Roberto Sneider (based on the novel by Ángeles Mastretta)
Cinematographer: Javier Aguirresarobe
Editor: Aleshka Ferrero
Music: Leonardo Heiblum, Jacobo Liberman, Arturo Márquez
Cast: Ana Claudia Talancón, Daniel Giménez Cacho, José María de Tavira