UA to Present State Premiere of 'Thin Yellow Line'
The award-winning film is the work of emerging Mexican director/writer Celso García and will be screened as part of Tucson Cine Mexico.

University Relations – Communications
April 15, 2016


Directed by Celso García, "The Thin Yellow Line" is the story of a group of men hired to paint the median line of a road that connects two villages in Mexico.
Directed by Celso García, "The Thin Yellow Line" is the story of a group of men hired to paint the median line of a road that connects two villages in Mexico. (Photo courtesy of the UA Hanson Film Institute)

Tucson Cine Mexico, a partnership between the University of Arizona Hanson Film Institute and New York-based Cinema Tropical, will present the Arizona premiere of "The Thin Yellow Line (La delgada línea amarilla)." 

The award-winning film from emerging Mexican director/writer Celso García and producer Guillermo del Toro will be screened on April 23 at the Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18 in Tucson. García will be in attendance to receive Tucson Cine Mexico’s Jaguar Award for Feature Directorial Debut.

"Celso García is a director to watch, and we're looking forward to welcoming him to Tucson," said Vicky Westover, director of the Hanson Film Institute. "We're proud that Tucson Cine Mexico continues to showcase the best contemporary work coming from Mexico to a highly diverse appreciative audience that fills the theater."

In the film, five men are hired to paint the lines of a road. The work is slow enough for them to learn the lines between good and evil, laughter and despair, and life and death. The challenges they face will change their lives forever.

"The Thin Yellow Line" swept four awards during its world premiere at the 2015 Guadalajara Film Festival, earning Best Screenplay, Special Jury Prize, Audience Award and Mexican Film Critics Award. The film went on to win Best Latin-American Film at the Montreal Film Festival and Grand Newcomer Award at the Mannheim-Heidelberg Film Festival. To date, it has been screened at 33 film festivals worldwide and won 14 international awards.

Prior to completing "The Thin Yellow Line," Mexico City-born García's short films "Pata de Gallo" and "Water and Milk" won awards at the Instituto Méxicano de Cinematografía's National Shortfilm Project Competition. "Water and Milk" went on to screen at 46 film festivals and win 22 international awards.

Tucson Cine Mexico, the longest-running showcase of Mexican films in the U.S., will return in 2017 with an expansion of the festival. Now in its 11th year, it focuses exclusively on the work of Mexican directors. 

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"The Thin Yellow Line"


Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18, 5455 S. Calle Santa Cruz


Saturday, April 23

Tickets are free and available to all. Free advance tickets are available online and at the venue on the day of the showing. Seats will be available to ticket holders on a first-come, first-served basis, and doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early.

Connect with Tucson Cine Mexico at Facebook, Instagram via @tucsoncinemexico and Twitter via @TucsonCineMex.

This special Tucson Cine Mexico 2016 screening is presented with support from the UA College of Fine Arts, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese in the College of Humanities, the Center for Latin American Studies, Cox Communications and La Estrella Bakery. The director’s appearance is made possible with the support of Film Tucson.


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Kerryn Negus

UA Hanson Film Institute