Open Cage

(Los bañistas)
Max Zunino | Drama, Fiction

2014 | 83 minutes | Mexico

A teenager and her elderly neighbor are hit hard when the economy collapses. They will have to learn to relate to each other to survive the crisis and rediscover the meaning of life.


Open Cage takes a subtle and ultimately hopeful look into one of society’s major issues: the abandonment to its youth and senior populations. Among those affected when the economy collapses are rebel teenager Flavia and her elderly and grumpy neighbor Martín. Outside the building there is a camp of protesters among whom human values still govern coexistence. However, its members have a serious problem: they need a shower. Flavia, Martín, and their neighbors down the street will learn to relate to each other, not only to survive the crisis, but to rediscover the meaning of their lives. Juan Carlos Colombo as Martín and Sofía Espinosa as Flavia, carry the film with incredible chemistry. With Open Cage, Max Zunino proposes an optimistic solution to a conflict that may appear hard to solve, but that may be lessened by calling on small individual changes that allow us to get along better with others.


“Zunino’s motif of cages and feeling socially (and economically) confined keeps the film both visually interesting and thematically relevant. All told, the film’s acting, writing, and cinematography are so carefully realized that it’s hard to believe this is Zunino’s first feature.” – Jake Howell, TORONTO FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION

“A story of generosity, solidarity and support despite human issues on both social and personal scales. With a plot that differs from those that characterize Mexican cinema, writer/director Max Zunino, who wrote the film together with his producer and star, Sofía Espinosa (aka the next Gloria Trevi on the big screen), creates a film of universal dimension.” – Mabel Salinas, EN LA BUTACA

Main credits

Zunino, Max (film director)
Zunino, Max (film producer)
Zunino, Max (screenwriter)
Espinosa, Sofía (actor)
Espinosa, Sofía (film producer)
Espinosa, Sofía (screenwriter)
Colombo, Juan Carlos (actor)
Torres, Harold (actor)
Carrasco A, Gloria (film producer)

Other credits

Cinematography, Dariela Ludlow; editor, Yaome Escamilla.

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The Montreal World Film Festival
Guadalajara International Film Festival
Mexican Academy of Cinema
Ariel Awards
Guadalajara Construye
Primer Corte Ventana Sur
Havana's Int'l Festival of New Latin American Cinema
Beijing International Film Festival
Guanajuato Film Festival
New York Havana Film Festival
Monterrey Film Festival
Los Cabos International Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Max Zunino


YEAR: 2014

GENRE: Drama, Fiction


COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: College, Adults



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