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En El Séptimo Día

Directed by Jim McKay. US. 2018. NR. 1 hour 32 minutes. Cinema Guild. Digital. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Fri., August 24, 2018 thru Thu., September 6, 2018
Friday
August 24, 2018
2:15 pm
Monday
August 27, 2018
2:15 pm
Tuesday
August 28, 2018
2:15 pm
Wednesday
August 29, 2018
2:15 pm
Thursday
August 30, 2018
2:15 pm
Saturday
August 25, 2018
4:30 pm
Friday
August 24, 2018
7:45 pm
Saturday
August 25, 2018
9:15 pm
Sunday
August 26, 2018
7:45 pm
Monday
August 27, 2018
7:45 pm
Tuesday
August 28, 2018
7:45 pm
Thursday
August 30, 2018
7:45 pm
Friday
August 31, 2018
5:10 pm
Saturday
September 1, 2018
1:30 pm
Monday
September 3, 2018
2:00 pm
Tuesday
September 4, 2018
5:10 pm
Thursday
September 6, 2018
5:10 pm
Ends Thu, Sep 6.

“Confident and captivating… the movie has a bone-deep humanity that transcends technique and reaches right back to Cassavetes.” — Owen Gleiberman, Variety

En El Séptimo Día (On the Seventh Day), a fiction feature from director Jim McKay, follows a group of undocumented immigrants living in Sunset Park, Brooklyn over the course of seven days.

Bicycle delivery guys, construction workers, dishwashers, deli workers and cotton candy vendors, they work long hours six days a week and then savor their day of rest on Sundays on the soccer fields of Sunset Park. José, a bicycle delivery worker, is the team’s captain – young, talented, hardworking and responsible. When José’s team makes it to the finals, he and his teammates are thrilled. But his boss throws a wrench into the celebration when he tells José he has to work on Sunday, the day of the finals. If he doesn’t work, his job and his future will be on the line. But if he doesn’t stand up for himself and his teammates, his dignity will be crushed.

Shot in the neighborhoods of Sunset Park, Park Slope, and Gowanus,En El Séptimo Día is a humane, sensitive and humorous window into a world rarely seen. The film’s impact is made quietly, with restraint and respect for the individual experiences, everyday challenges and small triumphs of its characters.

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Repartidores de comida, trabajadores de la construcción, lavaplatos, trabajadores de delis y vendedores de algodón de azúcar, estos nuevos estadounidenses trabajan durante largas horas seis días a la semana para disfrutar su día de descanso—el domingo—en los campos de fútbol de Sunset Park. José (interpretado por el encantador novato Fernando Cardona), un repartidor de comida, es el capitán del equipo: joven, talentoso, trabajador y responsable.

Cuando el equipo de José llega a la final, él y sus compañeros están emocionados. Pero el jefe de José amenaza con arruinar la celebración cuando le dice a su empleado que tiene que trabajar el domingo, el día de la final. José trata sin éxito de convencer a su jefe de que cambie de plan y de encontrar alguien que lo reemplace en el partido final. Si no llega a trabajar el domingo, su trabajo y su futuro estarán en riesgo. Pero si no se defiende a sí mismo y a sus compañeros de equipo, su dignidad será abatida.

Inspirado en parte por el libro pionero de Robert Smith Mexican New York y filmado en los barrios de Brooklyn Park, Park Slope y Gowanus, En El Séptimo Día ofrece una mirada humana, delicada y divertida sobre la comunidad mexicana de Nueva York—el tercer grupo inmigrante más grande de la ciudad—que rara vez se retrata en el cine. El impacto de la película es sigiloso, con prudencia y respeto a las vivencias individuales, los desafíos de la vida diaria, y los pequeños triunfos de sus personajes.

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“Movie magic… The nonprofessional cast members are as compelling as any pros.” — Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times

“Named one of “The Best Films of 2018 (So Far)” — Staff, Variety

“McKay’s control of tone and rhythm is in high gear, creating a work both thought-provoking and hugely entertaining.” — Sheila O’Malley, RogerEbert.com

“A feel-good crowdpleaser — a rousing sports movie about characters trapped by their surroundings and galvanized by their communal spirit.” — Eric Kohn, IndieWire

“Confident and captivating… the movie has a bone-deep humanity that transcends technique and reaches right back to Cassavetes.” — Owen Gleiberman, Variety

“En El Séptimo Día is an intimate character study, but it’s also an excitingly kinetic film.” — Amy Taubin, Art Forum

Access reviews at Metacritic.