Produced by INTERIOR XIII, Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía - IMCINE, Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes - CONACULTA, Fondo Para la Producción Cinematográfica de Calidad - FOPROCINE. Produced with the financial support of Hubert Bals Fund, Canadá Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Programa de Jóvenes Creadores del Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes - FONCA, Bambú Audiovisual and Burning Blue.
Cast: Gabino Rodríguez, Teresa Sánchez, José ‘Rolo’ Rodríguez, Luis Rodríguez, Francisco Barreiro, Luisa Pardo, Carmen Elena Villacorta
Cinematography: Alejandro Coronado, Pedro Gómez Millán
Assistant of Cinematography: Pancho Ortega
Sound: José Miguel Enríquez
Produced by Sandra Gómez, Maximiliano Cruz
Directed, written and edited by Nicolás Pereda
Production Assistants: Jorge Ramírez, Julia Calle Pacheco, Xóchitl Sánchez
Make up: Karina Rodriguez
Photos making of: Raúl Cuesta
Office: Jessy Vega
Catering: Ángeles García, Catalina Pereda
Music: ‘Variaciones Goldberg’ de Johann Sebastian Bach, ‘¿Dónde está ese amor?’ de Carlos Mata
Post-production Supervisor: Bulmaro Osornio | Axolote Post
Colorist: Lisa Tillinger
Graphics: José Luis Salazar
Supervisor of dialog translations: Fionn Petch
Drifting from fiction to documentary, Greatest Hits tells the story of Emilio, a man in his fifties who shows up at the family home after fifteen years of absence. His wife and his twenty-eight year old son receive him with bitterness and confusion. After a couple of days they decide to kick him out, only to find out that he has left on his own accord. The son ends up tracking down Emilio and spends a couple of days hanging out with him in his apartment.
"Nicolás Pereda makes films where fiction, documentary, and experimentalism coexist, often in the same scene, often in the same take. To date, he has mostly worked with that Mexican axiom of cinema, Gabino Rodríguez, and Teresa Sánchez, who play mother and son; reunited in Pereda’s latest, their partnership is expanded with the addition of the third variable of the family unit: the father.
'Los mejores temas' takes on a theme of parental responsibility that’s typical of Mexican culture; it deals with the ramifications of the father’s return home after having split decades earlier. But shooting his interiors in cramped widescreen, Pereda has chosen a form for this subject that deals up front with the privileging the processes of representation; he’s interested in spurring on a discussion about reality, and how we as viewers relate to it.
Why are there two fathers? How much of the dialogue consists of the actors speaking as their characters, and how much are the actors talking about themselves? What exactly is going on here? Scenes are repeated, with slight changes—linked by bursts, naturally, of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.
Rehearsals are filmed, and written “rehearsals” are filmed, to the point that the characters—sometimes playing themselves—reach an emotional rawness.
“Greatest Hits” comes from the CD that Gabino sells, whose endless list of romance songs he repeats throughout the film as an incantation, but it’s also an acknowledgement from Pereda that after this “best of” package, he’s primed for change." (Mark Peranson)
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS:
* 65º Festival del Film Locarno - Concorso Internazionale
* Vancouver International Film Festival 2012 - Cinema of Our Time
* Festival do Rio 2012 - Première Latina
* Festival Internacional de Cine de Valdivia 2012 - Gala
* 3è Festival International du Film La Roche-Sur-Yon 2012 - Compétition Internationale - Grand Prize of Ciné+ Jury
* 6ª Mostra CineBH. Mostra de Cinema de Belo Horizonte 2012 – Retrospectiva Nicolás Pereda
* AFI FEST 2012 - World Cinema U.S. Premiere
* Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia 2012 - Proyección Especial
* l'alternativa Barcelona 2012 - Seccions Oficials Llargmetratges
* TIFF Cinematheque. Toronto - Retrospective "Where Are the Films of Nicolas Pereda?"
* 54 Muestra Internacional de la Cineteca - México, nov 2012
* Baja Film Festival en los Cabos 2012 - Best Mexican Film Award.
* 34 Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de la Habana 2012 - FIPRESCI Award.
* CPH:PIX Dinamarca 2013
* Cine las Americas International Film Festival - Competencia oficial
* IndieLisboa - Lisbon International Independent Film Festival 2013
* London MexFest 2013
* Festival Internacional de Cine de Cali - Colombia 2014
Canadian citizen, born in Mexico City in 1982, Pereda holds a Master of Arts in film directing from York University in Toronto. He has directed six features and one short film that have won awards in many festivals. He has made films and videos for interdisciplinary plays, operas and dance pieces that have been performed in Mexico, Asia and Europe. Gabino Rodríguez and Teresa Sánchez act in most of his films, but he is contemplating working with new actors and hiring Gabino as his assistant. He lives between Mexico and Canada, is married and has two kids.
Pereda’s cinema has been screened in the most prestigious film festivals including Cannes, Venice, Rotterdam, FIDMarseille, Viennale, and Edinburgh, garnering numerous awards. He was given his first retrospective by Cine las Americas in Austin, Texas in 2010, following others
held in Jeonju, Anthology Film Archives, Paris Cinema, Cartagena, UCLA, Valdivia, Harvard Film Archive, Madrid, Berkeley, Vancouver, Seattle and San Francisco.
After making several films with the same actors playing similar roles I decided to make a film about the process of representation. This opened a world of new possibilities including rehearsals, repetitions and interactions between fictional characters and the actors playing those characters. I continued this search by replacing one of the actors with my uncle half way into the shooting. My uncle enters the film as a documentary subject who has to relate to fictional characters that act as if he was one of them.
· Los ausentes 2014, 80 min.
· El palacio (The Palace) 2013, 36 min., documental, HD
· Matar extraños (Killing Strangers) co-directed w/Jacob Schulsinger, 2013, 63 min., Experimental, HD
Berlin International Film Festival — Berlinale Forum * World Premiere
Festival Internacional de Cine UNAM — FICUNAM 2013
· Los mejores temas (Greatest Hits)
2012, 103 min., Fiction/Documentary, 35mm
World Premiere - 65º Festival del Film Locarno
· Verano de Goliat (Summer of Goliath)
2010, 76min., fiction, 35mm
Festivals: Venice, Toronto, Viennale, Rotterdam, among others.
Orizzonti Award (Best feature film) – Venice International Film Festival (Italy)
Best Film Cinema of the Future Competition – BAFICI (Argentina)
Best Film Official Competition – Valdivia International Film Festival (Chile)
Critics Award – Valdivia International Film Festival (Chile)
Best Actress – FICCMEXICO, (Mexico)
Honourable Mention – L’alternativa (Spain)
· Todo, en fin, el silencio lo ocupaba (All Things Were Now Overtaken by Silence)
2010, 61 min, documentary, HD
Festivals: Rotterdam Film Festival, Bafici, Guadalajara Film Festival, FIDMarseilles 2010, among others.
Images Prize, Images Festival, Toronto, Canada 2010
· Perpetuum Mobile
2009, 86 min, fiction, 35mm
Festivals: Cannes Film Festival (Acid section), San Sebastian, L’alternativa (Barcelona),
DocsLisboa (Portugal), among others.
Best Work in Progress Film – Toulouse Film Festival
Best Mexican Feature – Guadalajara Film Festival 2010
Best Actor – Belfort Film Festival, 2010
Best Director – Gramado Film Festival, 2010
Best Actor – Gramado Film Festival, 2010
· Entrevista con la tierra (Interview With The Earth)
2009, 18min, fiction/documentary, HD
Festivals: Toronto, Rotterdam, Oberhausen, Edinburgh, Paris Cinema, Montreal Nouveau Cinema, among others.
Best Mexican Documentary – Guanajuato International Film Festival
Best Documentary – Curtas Vila do Conde 2009
Best Film – Levante International Film Festival 09
Best Film – Courtisane Film Festival
· Juntos (Together)
2009, 73min, fiction, HD
Festivals: Guadalajara (Mexico), Munich, Sanfic (Chile), Toulouse, Bafici, among others
Best Film – World Cinema Amsterdam
· ¿Dónde están sus historias ? (Where Are Their Stories?)
2007, 73min, fiction, 35mm
Festivals: Vancouver International, Montreal World, Los Angeles, Toulouse, Ghent, L’alternativa,
Santa Barbara, Sanfic, among others.
Best Feature Film – Morelia International Film Festival, Mexico;
French Critics’ Discovery Award – Toulouse Latin American Film Festival.