Midnight Family

First show: December 13

“Terrifying and exhilarating”—The New York Times

image of 3 people in a car with blue light, dramatic expressions on their face

Q&A with director Luke Lorentzen after the 7pm show on Saturday, December 14 (moderated by Jesse Moss) AND after the 6:30pm show on Sunday, December 15 (moderated by Jamie Meltzer)

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.

Presented by RoxCine. Co-presented by The Mexican Museum and the San Francisco Latino Film Festival.

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


Midnight Family: Upcoming Showtimes
December 142:45 PMLittle Roxie
December 147:00 PMBig Roxie
December 156:30 PMBig Roxie
December 167:00 PMLittle Roxie
December 177:00 PMLittle Roxie
December 187:00 PMLittle Roxie
December 197:00 PMLittle Roxie