Blu-ray, DVD Release: Midaq Alley

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 6, 2018
Price: DVD $19.86, Blu-ray $26.49
Studio: Film Movement

Adapted from the novel by Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian writer Naguib Mafouz, the 1995 drama Midaq Alley from filmmaker Jorge Fons (Los anbañiles, Caridad) has been heralded as one of the modern classics of Mexican Cinema, in no small part because it provided international star Salma Hayek (54, Savages), with her breakout role.

Exploring the intersecting lives of a diverse group of individuals whose stories converge inside a vibrant Mexico City neighborhood, Midaq Alley follows a group of overlapping characters through four distinct episodes. Among them is local cantina owner Rutilio (Ernesto Gómez Cruz), a family man who gives in to latent homosexual desires. His son, Chava (Juan Manuel Bernal), yearns to emigrate to America, while the desperate spinster Susanita (Margarita Sanz) dreams of finding a husband. Finally, there is Abel (Bruno Bichir), a poor barber whose romance with the innocent beauty Alma (Salma Hayek) tragically ends after she is coerced into a life of debauchery.

The winner of 10 prestigious Ariel Awards, and a Golden Bear Nominee at the Berlin Film Festival, Midaq Alley arrives in a remastered edition featuring a behind-the-scenes featurette and an essay with intros from Hayek and Fons.

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