Nestor finds himself stuck in his life, he works a night shift as a receptionist in a highway hotel and it seems there is no future ahead in an industrial town north of Mexico, near the border with Texas. His only way to escape seems to go live with his sister in the United States, nevertheless, being the youngest son and the only one who still lives with his mother, Lilia, he finds it hard to leave her right now. Lilia has recently lost her job due to a downsizing, and she is also looking for a sign, for a way to go ahead in life facing old age. After the arrival of his older brother, Pepe, and the desperate intent of his mother to sell a family property, both mother and son seems to understand that they have to detach from the past so both can face their lives ahead.
DAYS OF WINTER
Mexico | 2020 | 90 mins
Directed by Jaiziel Hernández Máynez
with Leticia Huijara, Miguel Narro, Saidde García Ulloa
Director: Jaiziel Hernández Máynez
Screenplay: Oriana Jimenez Castro, Jaiziel Hernández Máynez
Produced by: Edgar Nito, Daniel Cabello, Raymundo Hernández Ramírez, Jaiziel Hernández Máynez
Cast: Leticia Huijara, Miguel Narro, Saidde García Ulloa
Language: Spanish, with English subtitles
Length: 90 minutes
This film is available to watch online on yuzzi from 1 until 7 December 2020.
Festivals and Awards
FICUNAM Festival internacional de cine, Mexico City
About the Director
Jaiziel Hernández Máynez is a graduate from the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica in Mexico. Together with Nina Wara Carrasco, he founded the production company Estación Marte Films at the end of 2016, which is currently post-producing the fiction feature called Días de Invierno (2020), Jaiziel’s first feature as a director.
In 2014, Jaiziel shot Up to the Teeth (2018), directed by Alberto Arnaut Estrada, supported by Foprocine in 2016 and by the Canadian Altercinema scholarship in 2015. Recognized as the most-watched documentary in Mexico in 2018, the film documented the case of the Tec de Monterrey students killed by the Mexican army in early 2010. The project was awarded the Camera Justitia prize from Movies That Matter Film Festival in the Netherlands and an Ariel Prize for the best feature documentary in Mexico.
Jaiziel also shot the short fiction film Felipe (2009) by Lenz Claure, winner of the García Bross-Studio 5 May prize at the Morelia Film Festival. In the documentary, he shot Florería y Edecanes (2011), filmed with 35mm negative tails in northeastern Mexico and southern Texas. The film has been shown internationally in more than 15 festivals as well as in the documentary tour Ambulante (2012) and the cycle of Mexican Documentary Cinema Summary (2013) curated by Cineteca Nacional of Mexico.