Midnight Family

First show: December 13

“Profound and thrilling cinema verite filmmaking. The film is impeccably crafted by Luke Lorentzen… What matters most here is Lorentzen’s intuition—he knows during many stunning moments just where to put the camera in such close quarters, letting us observe as harrowing drama and cinematic poetry unfolds… ‘Midnight Family’ is extremely visceral in the best way.”
– Nick Allen, Roger Ebert.com

“A deft mix of big-picture doc-making and intimate moments… not to mention a wild — and remarkably eye-opening — ride.”
– David Fear, Rolling Stone

Presented by RoxCine. Co-presented by The Mexican Museum, the General Consulate of Mexico in San Francisco and the San Francisco Latino Film Festival.

Two men in the Ochoa family in the back of an emergency vehicle ready for action.

With striking vérité camerawork, Midnight Family drops us directly into the frenetic nighttime emergency ecosystem of Mexico City. In the midst of high-speed ambulance rides, we meet the Ochoas, a ragtag family of private paramedics, who try desperately every day to be the first responders to critically injured patients.

In a city where the government operates only 45 emergency ambulances for a population of over nine million, the family acts as a crucial—but unregistered—underground lifeline. But the job is riddled with police bribes and cutthroat competition. And even though the Ochoa family has a reputation for being trustworthy, they must reckon with the sudden escalation in bribes that could force them to wade into the ethically questionable practice of making money off of patients in dire straits.

Midnight Family maintains a breathless speed and urgency throughout. The camera is always exactly where it needs to be, capturing the intense textures and thrills of rides and rescues until, with each repetition, a subtextual story emerges—of a family and a society under profound financial and moral duress. – Sundance Institute

Directed by Luke Lorentzen. USA, Mexico. 2019. 81 min. DCP.

Roxie Theater trailers play during the 30 minutes prior to showtime.


Midnight Family: Upcoming Showtimes
December 137:00 PMThe Roxie
December 145:00 PMLittle Roxie
December 147:00 PMThe Roxie
December 156:30 PMThe Roxie
December 167:00 PMLittle Roxie
December 177:00 PMLittle Roxie
December 187:00 PMLittle Roxie
December 197:00 PMThe Roxie