Following its acclaimed world premiere in the Cineasti del Presente competition at the Locarno Film Festival last August, All the Fires (Todos los incendios) will have its North American premiere in the Narrative Section at the 35th edition of NewFest, New York’s LGBTQ+ Film Festival, taking place in person and online, October 12-24, 2023.
The Mexican coming of age drama will also screen at the 15th edition of OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival in Fort Lauderdale, running October 19-29; at the 2023 edition of the GuadaLAjara Film Festival (GLAFF), taking place November 1-3 in Los Angeles. All the Fires will have its Mexican premiere in the main competition at the 21st edition of the Morelia Film Festival, October 20-29.
The debut feature by writer-director Mauricio Calderón Rico is an intimate and poignant queer coming-of-age drama starring newcomer Sebástian Rojano as Bruno, a teenage pyromaniac who is grieving his father’s death. Bruno is conflicted by his mother’s new relationship and his best friend’s crush on him. He escapes the city to search for a girl he meets online who will push him onto a tumultuous journey of self-exploration and rebellion against internalized homophobia, leaving a trail of fires in his wake.
A youtuber who burns things with his best friend to share online, Bruno begins an online relationship with one of his followers Daniela, who lived in the northern city of Durango. When he discovers his mother has begun dating following his fathers death, he runs away from home. With nowhere to go he travels across the country to Daniela where his world is turned upside down when he is introduced to Daniela’s queer, punk rock, community. In his search for answers, he must confront his past, his sexuality, and his feelings for his best friend, Ian.
A production of Colectivo Colmena, Calderón Rico’s elegantly-directed coming of age drama is a slow-burning portrait of young adulthood, queer Identity, and lingering loss.