New Order (Nuevo Orden)

Michel Franco

Mexico, France, 2020 / 86 min / ES OV with FR & NL subt. / Drama, Crime, Thriller

LuxFilmLab - November 3rd 2021

A lavish high-society wedding in Mexico is interrupted by a violent coup resulting from a clash between classes. Grand Jury Prize at the Venice International Film Festival 2020.

In a near future in Mexico City, victims of growing social inequality break into a high society wedding. As Marianne, daughter of an upper-class, affluent family, is getting ready for the festivities, violent riots break out, marking the start of a revolution that ignites the streets. A police state is established to reassure and calm the upper class. In this dystopian thriller, winner of the Silver Lion (Grand Jury Prize) at the 2020 Venice Film Festival, director Michel Franco embarks us into a suspenseful whirlwind in which we witness first-hand what happens when the gap between the poor and the rich keeps widening.

Wed 03/11 19:30 Ciné Utopia ES OV with FR & NL subt.

 "New Order is made with confrontational severity and technique; we are certainly not offered the essentially risk-free entertainment of a thriller. This is a brutality that we have no choice but to live through, minute-by-minute, moment-by-moment, with each turn of the screw worse than the last. There are no emollient moments, no sympathetic touches, no redemptive characters, and the movie arrives at an almost nauseous climax of injustice, cynicism and cruelty. And what is to be made of it all? On the most basic level, it is a warning of what inequality can cause in the future and what is effectively causing right now. Perhaps there is something nihilistic here, but New Order very effectively persuades you that a real-life revolution might well be every bit as ugly, horrifying and un-Hollywood as this shows - and that it is on the way." Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 11/08/2021

"Michel Franco's New Order is a harrowing dystopian drama with no silver linings. It's filled with end-to-end action, unpredictable twists and a wedding scene that makes the Corleone nuptials feel mundane. It also carries a devastating social message about the nature of violence that goes beyond giving trite political motives and rationality. It's set in Mexico, but it could be anywhere. Right now, though, the film is playing in competition at the Venice Film Festival." Kaleem Aftab, Cineuropa, 11/09/2020

  • Ariel Awards, Mexico – Best Special Effects 2021
  • San Sebastian International Film Festival – Best Film Winner 2020
  • Stockholm International Film Festival – Winner Impact Award 2020
  • Venice Film Festival 2020 – Grand Jury Prize winner
Cast & Credits
Naian González Norvind, Fernando Cuautle, Diego Boneta, Dario Yazbeck Bernal, Luna Arboledas, Patricia Bernal
Michel Franco
Yves Cape
Alejandro de Icaza, Raúl Locatelli, Jaime Baksht
Elisa Martín González
Dmitri Shostakovich, Cormac Roth
Les Films d’Ici, Teorema Films

Michel Franco was born in Mexico City in 1979. After graduating from the New York Film Academy, he began making commercials with his own production company, Pop Films. His short film Entre Dos won numerous festival awards, but it was with his feature films that his career came into the global spotlight. After Daniel y Ana, which was released in 2009 and nominated for the Camera d'Or award, Después de Lucía won the Un Certain Regard selection at the Cannes Film festival in 2012. In 2015, his film Chronic, which tells the story of a nurse caring for terminally ill patients, won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Screenplay.

  • 2020 – New Order
  • 2017 – Las Hijas de Abril
  • 2015 – Chronic
  • 2015 – A los Ojos
  • 2012 – Después de Lucía
  • 2009 – Daniel y Ana