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La Misma Luna

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In her feature debut, Patricia Riggen offers a touching tale of the way the love between a mother and child can thrive and endure despite physical separation.

In La Misma Luna (The Same Moon), Riggen gives us the parallel stories of nine-year-old Carlitos and his mother, Rosario. In the hopes of providing a better life for her son, Rosario works illegally in the U.S. while her mother cares for Carlitos back in Mexico. Unexpected circumstances drive both Rosario and Carlitos to embark on their own journeys in a desperate attempt to reunite. Along the way, mother and son face challenges and obstacles but never lose hope that they will one day be together again. Riggen's film is not only a heartwarming family story; she also offers subtle commentary on the much-debated issue of illegal immigration.

Adeptly weaving the stories of mother and son, Riggen has created a poignant film that reminds us that the most important thing in life is the love of family. At every turn, La Misma Luna (The Same Moon) underscores the notion that geography is insignificant, for we are all under the same moon.

Jennifer Cochis, La Misma Luna: Institute History, Sundance Film Festival

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Production Info
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$1.7 million
Mexico and United States
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Film was shot in 5 weeks.
Categories About the Film
coming of age
interracial relations
rural life
state violence and security
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Filmmaking Team
Writer's Name: 
Ligiah Villalobos
Ligiah Villalobos and Gerardo Barrera
Checco Varese
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Eugenio Derbez, Kate del Castillo, Adrian Alonso
Exhibition/Distribution Info
Fox Searchlight , The Weinstein Company
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Where to find it/How to get it: 
DVD widely available

- 2007 Toronoto International Film Festival, world premiere

- 2007 Sundance FIlm Festival

- 2008 Miami International Fim Festival

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Rosario is an undocumented housekeeper in California, working to save enough money to send for her 9 year old son, Carlitos. Rosario reassures Carlitos by reminding him that they both share the same moon despite the distance between them. In her first feature film, Patricia Riggen captivates the hearts of audience members with this touching story of an abandoned little boy alone on a search for his mother. Despite his young age, Adrian Alonso seamlessly embodies his role as Carlitos. His innocence and bravery transcends the 4th wall, tugging at your heartstrings throughout the entire film. La Misma Luna premiered in the U.S. at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and received a standing ovation from the audience. Riggen is currently working on directing a film based on the incredible story of the 33 miners who were buried alive for months in the collapsed gold and copper mine in Chile in 2010. The film is due to begin shooting in January of 2013.

Georgina Dominique