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Published on Jun 2, 2011
EL SICARIO, ROOM 164, a remarkable documentary directed by Gianfranco Rosi, was inspired by and is based on the writings and investigations of noted journalist Charles Bowden, winner of the 1996 Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction, a 2010 United States Artists award, and author of numerous books including "Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy's New Killing Fields" (2010) and the co-author, with Molly Molloy, of the just published "El Sicario: The Autobiography of a Mexican Assassin" (2011).
Premiered at the Venice Film Festival and recently screened at the prestigious Film Comment Selects series in Lincoln Center, EL SICARIO, ROOM 164 is the shocking first person story of a commander of the state police in Chihuahua who is also a soldier and hit man in one of the infamous Mexican drug cartels, in Ciudad Juarez.
The "sicario" or professional killer, his face obscured by a black mesh hood, tells his story to the camera inside the very hotel room he once used to hold and torture kidnapped victims. Aided only by a magic marker and notepad, which he uses to illustrate and diagram his words, the sicario describes, in astounding detail, his life of crime, murder, abduction and torture.
Icarus Films has acquired all North American distribution rights to the film, with Doc & Film International representing the producer.
The film will be released officially in September 2011, and EL SICARIO, ROOM 164 will open theatrically on December 28, 2011 at Film Forum, New York City.