Carlos Armella

Writer / Director


​Born in Mexico City, Carlos studied at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC) and The London Film School, in England. His short film TIERRA Y PAN (2008) won over 15 international awards, including the Golden Lion of the Venice International Film Festival.

His first feature film EN LA ESTANCIA (2014), executively-produced by Alejandro González Iñárritu debuted at Rotterdam International Film Festival, and was awarded in Mexico, Brasil, Argentina, Italy and United States. His second feature ¡ÁNIMO JUVENTUD! (2020), was selected at L’Atelier de Cinéfondation at Cannes Film Festival and the TorinoFilmLab. It screened at several festivals and won the Audience Award at Festival Reflets du Cinema Iberique et Latino American and was distributed by HBO in the United States and Eastern Europe and by PIANO in Mexico and Latin America. His third feature film LA SUERTE DE JUAN, co-produced with French company Tita Productions, is in 2023 in postproduction, to be released in 2024.


The Living

Andrés is a journalist who travels to la Piedad, in rural Mexico, to investigate the disappearance of his colleague and ex-girlfriend, eva. la Piedad is a forsaken town devastated by drug cartels, where everyone seems to have suffered the death or disappearance of a loved one. There, Andrés gets involved in a hazardous plan conceived by eva before her disappearance: spraying an experimental chemical over the land. Dead human bodies are reanimated and start emerging from the ground, exposing many clandestine graves. These decomposing bodies, having no memory or understanding, are a living testimony of the atrocities committed by other human beings.
The inhabitants of la Piedad are suddenly filled with hope, as they claim those they had lost. But will recovering these living-dead bring justice or peace to their lives?
Andrés will try to expose his findings to the world, but he faces the threats of both the military and the cartel, who will try to silence the truth.