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In The Pit - Preview & competition

In The Pit

Preview by Jack Foley

NETWORK Releasing is delighted to announce the DVD debut of In The Pit (En El Hoyo), the critically acclaimed documentary about Mexico City’s inner Periférico freeway.

This film from Juan Carlos Rulfo will be available to rent and buy on June 21, 2010, (RRP £15.99).

Mexican legend recounted that for every bridge built the devil would ask for one soul, so that the bridge never fell.

This film tells the story of the workers who are constructing a 17-kilometre second deck for Mexico City’s inner Periférico freeway, and in doing so, transforming the city, its landscape and the lives of its inhabitants.

In The Pit is the story of those whose hands and sweat go into the making of this mammoth work of concrete, steel and asphalt: their hopes and dreams, their stoicism and their dignity; ultimately, their survival.

Contrasts, emotions and small moments culminate in the loss of a soul taken by the devil – a soul that will remain as a memory of the workers who built the Second Deck.

Juan Carlos Rulfo’s multi-award-winning documentary (including the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize) explores both the construction and the city that it is to serve.

While the progress of the second deck is the structural and temporal basis of the film, a series of impressionistic vignettes captures the day-to-day lives of those involved in the construction: the hard worker, the liar, the joker, the player.

We see the workers’ places of origin – Michoacán, Estado de Mexico; we participate in their lives – funerals, festivities, music, dinner, rest. Above all, In the Pit presents the human face of anonymous labour.

Extras include a making of documentary.

Win In The Pit on DVD

To celebrate the release of In The Pit on DVD on June 21, 2010, IndieLondon has teamed up with Network Releasing to offer readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies on DVD. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who directs the award-winning film, In The Pit?

Simply send the answer to Zombie Women competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

Certificate: E
Running time: 85mins
UK DVD Release: June 21, 2008