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Sin Nombre -- From the studio that brought you the award-winning films, The Motorcycle Diaries and Traffic, comes the highly-acclaimed epic of two teens on a dangerous journey of hope.
Sin Nombre -- Sayra, a Honduran teenager, and Willy, a new member of the Mara Salvatrucha gang, both dream of better lives for themselves, and a fateful event will find the two strangers united on a train bound for the U.S., where the hope for new lives await.
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Writer (WGA):
Cary Fukunaga (written by)
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Release Date:
17 April 2009 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
The greatest sin of all is risking nothing.
Plot:
A Honduran young girl and a Mexican gangster are united in a journey across the American border. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
16 wins & 16 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A film of heartbreaking sadness but also one of joy and redemption See more (70 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Marco Antonio Aguirre ... Big Lips
Leonardo Alonso ... Policía Judicial
Karla Cecilia Alvarado ... Marera
Juan Pablo Arias Barrón ... Niño #3
Rosalba Belén Barrón ... Niño #2
Felipe Castro ... Marero (as Sixto Felipe Castro)
Rosalba Quintana Cruz ... Tierra Blanca Mujer
Marcela Feregrino ... Kimberly

Kristyan Ferrer ... El Smiley (as Kristian Ferrer)

Edgar Flores ... Willy 'El Casper'

Giovanni Florido ... El Sipe

Paulina Gaitan ... Sayra
Ariel Galvan ... Migrante #1

Diana García ... Martha Marlene
Gabriela Garibaldi ... Diana
Ignacio Gonzalez ... Marero
Noé Hernández ... Resistol
Lilibeth Flores ... Yamila
Jesús Lira ... Marero
Catalina López ... Tia Toña
Hector Anzaldua ... El Turbino (as Hector Lortia)
Benny Manuel ... Niño #1
Fernando Manzano ... Donald
Liliana Martinez ... Marera
Mary Paz Mata ... Abuela de Sayra

Tenoch Huerta ... Lil' Mago (as Tenoch Huerta Mejía)
Emir Meza ... Peluquín
Emilio Miranda ... Otro Marero
José Miguel Moctezuma ... Marero
Esperanza Molina ... La Hermana
Luis Fernando Peña ... El Sol
Iván Rafael ... El Bomba
Gabino Rodríguez ... El Scarface
David Serrano ... El Smokey

Gerardo Taracena ... Horacio
Harold Torres ... El Pícaro
Andrés Valdéz ... Policía Judicial
Max Valencia Zúñiga ... El Chino
Noé Velázquez ... El Happy
Tulio Villavicencio ... El Pájaro

Guillermo Villegas ... Orlando
Javier Rivera Flores ... Barrio 18
Luis Ángel Paz Flores ... Barrio 18
José Rogelio Vázquez López ... Barrio 18
Luis Antonio Vázquez López ... Barrio 18
José Luis Montiel Luna ... Barrio 18
Marco Tolio Durand Martínez ... Barrio 18
Jesús Humberto Fuentes Perez ... Barrio 18
Luis Alfredo Rodríguez Sánchez ... Barrio 18
Silverio Menchaque Zárate ... Barrio 18

Héctor Jiménez ... Leche - Wounded Man

Damayanti Quintanar ... Clarissa
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Marcela Macias ... Rosario (as Marcela Hyasu)

Directed by
Cary Fukunaga  (as Cary Jôji Fukunaga)
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Cary Fukunaga (written by) (as Cary Joji Fukunaga)

Produced by
Gerardo Barrera .... executive producer
Pablo Cruz .... executive producer
Gael García Bernal .... executive producer
Amy Kaufman .... producer
Diego Luna .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Marcelo Zarvos 
 
Cinematography by
Adriano Goldman 
 
Film Editing by
Luis Carballar 
Craig McKay 
 
Casting by
Carla Hool 
 
Production Design by
Claudio Contreras 
 
Art Direction by
Carlos Benassini 
 
Set Decoration by
Aida Rodriguez (chief set decorator)
 
Costume Design by
Leticia Palacios 
 
Makeup Department
Viviana Delgado .... makeup coordinator
Monica Fuentes .... assistant makeup artist
Alfredo Garcia .... makeup designer
Isabel Rojas .... tattoos and bodypainting
Jimena Romero .... tattoos and bodypainting
Carla Tinoco .... hair designer
Carla Tinoco .... makeup designer
Edgar Vazquez .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Karl Braun .... production manager: second unit
Laila Castillo .... unit manager
Lorraine Samuel .... post-production supervisor
Ben Urquhart .... Post Production Executive
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
María Raquel Dioni .... key second assistant director
Victor Herrera McNaught .... first assistant director: second unit
Julian 'Chico' Valdez .... second second assistant director
René Villarreal .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Jimena Contreras .... art department coordinator
Roberto Revilla .... leadman
Óscar Tapia .... on-set dresser
 
Sound Department
Steve Baine .... foley artist
Todd Beckett .... sound re-recording mixer
Elma Bello .... sound
Paul Bidault .... adr recordist
Keith Elliott .... sound re-recording mixer
Allan Fung .... supervising sound editor
Efraín García Mora .... sound effects
Ruy García .... sound recordist
Mark Gingras .... supervising sound editor
Jamie Gould .... sound re-recording assistant
Gina Gyles .... foley assistant
Katie Halliday .... second assistant sound editor
John Laing .... supervising sound editor
Paulina Louvier .... adr coordinator: Mexico
Colin McLellan .... adr recordist
Rob Nokes .... additional sound effects library
Santiago Núñez .... sound mixer
Peter Persaud .... foley recordist
Brad Thornton .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Zsifkovits .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Ioan Balcosi .... compositor
Barb Benoit .... digital compositor
Ayo Burgess .... visual effects: Mr. X Inc.
Wilson Cameron .... visual effects coordinator
Jeff Capogreco .... lighting / techical director
Dan Carnegie .... animación: Mr. X Inc.
David Fix .... senior systems administrator: Mr. X Inc
Kristyn Hume .... main title sequence
Mike Kwan .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Mai-Ling Lee .... digital artist
Chris MacKenzie .... digital opticals
Sarah McMurdo .... visual effects producer
Jessica Nolet .... digital artist
Rob Phillips .... visual effects production assistant
Sebastien Proulx .... visual effects production assistant
Vishal Rustgi .... digital compositor
Paul Saint-Hilaire .... digital compositor: Nuke
Kenneth Sales .... digital compositor
Armando Velazquez .... digital compositor
Chris Wallace .... digital intermediate colourist
 
Stunts
Hugo Aguilera .... stunt rigger
Odin Ayala .... stunt double
Odin Ayala .... utility stunts
Omar Ayala .... stunts
Balo Bucio .... stunt coordinator
Julian Bucio .... stunt coordinator
Toni Bucio .... stunt rigger
Leonel Gabino .... stunts
Antonio Garcia .... stunts
Eduardo Gomez .... stunts
Paola Hernandez .... stunts
José Medina .... stunts
Juan Olaldo .... stunts
Victor Hugo Ramirez .... stunts
Alonso Rosado .... stunts
Francisco Valdez .... stunts
Pablo Vinós .... stunts
Josué Virgen .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pamela Albarran .... camera trainee
Rodrigo Carvalho .... camera operator
Arturo Castañeda .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Pedro Lezama .... second assistant camera
Eniac Martínez Ulloa .... still photographer
Carlos Silva .... video assist
Juan Pablo Somohano .... technician camera equipment: b camera
 
Casting Department
Genaro Hernandez .... casting assistant
Eliseo Ruiz .... casting assistant
Rodrigo Urbano .... casting associate
Carlos del Valle .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brenda Gomez .... wardrobe assistant
Emilio Solorzano .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Dan Elortegui .... first assistant editor
Lee Hughes .... digital intermediate project manager
Lara Johnston .... first assistant editor
Tom Mayclim .... digital intermediate scanner and recorder
Craig McKay .... editorial consultant
Gareth Molan .... trailer editor
Dave Muscat .... digital intermediate editor
Brigitte Rabazo .... first assistant editor
Lorraine Samuel .... post production supervisor
 
Music Department
Rob Bertola .... music editor
Mark Bächle .... orchestrator
Daniel Coe .... orchestrator
Daniel Coe .... score preparation
Lynn Fainchtein .... music supervisor
Richard King .... music scoring engineer
Philip Rothman .... orchestrator
Tim Starnes .... music editor
 
Other crew
John Alfred .... finance executive
Erika Archaga .... dialect coach
Karl Braun .... location manager
Ignacio Gonzalez .... set production assistant
Noralí Gonzalez .... production coordinator
Javier Gonzalez-Rubio .... assistant to the executive producer
Nayeli Gunther .... trainee production assistant
Sofía Guzmán .... set production assistant
Elsa Hermoso .... production accountant
Ricardo M. Kaplan .... accounting assistant
Gabriel Nuncio .... researcher
Gabriel Nuncio .... script translator
Carlos Topete .... assistant: unit manager
Ben Urquhart .... post production executive
 
Thanks
Jeffrey Abramson .... special thanks
Luis Antonio Acosta .... special thanks
Jay Anania .... special thanks
Dean Sheril D. Antonio .... special thanks
Darren Aronofsky .... special thanks
David Atkins .... special thanks
Armagan Ballantyne .... special thanks
Yvette Biro .... special thanks
Elizabeth Bull .... special thanks
Mick Casale .... special thanks
Elvin Delgado Chacón .... special thanks
Angela Cheng .... special thanks
Christine Choy .... special thanks
Christopher Ciancimino .... special thanks
María Noriega Fernández .... special thanks
Boris Frumin .... special thanks
Miyoko Fukunaga .... in memory of
Lil Ghost .... special thanks
Carlos González Castellanos .... special thanks
Everardo Valerio Gout .... special thanks
Bradley Rust Gray .... special thanks
Trygve Grufman .... in memory of
Adriana Guillén .... special thanks
Mark Heyman .... special thanks
Kit Hui .... special thanks
Kirsten Johnson .... special thanks
Craig Kestel .... special thanks
So Yong Kim .... special thanks (as So-yong Kim)
Marco Lara Klahr .... special thanks
Naje Lataillade .... special thanks (as Onaje Tampico Lataillade)
Andrew MacLean .... special thanks
Jake Mahaffy .... special thanks
Victoria Mahoney .... special thanks
Milcho Manchevski .... special thanks
Eran Merav .... special thanks
Rob Meyer .... thanks
Ginga Mundo .... special thanks
Jeremiah Newton .... special thanks
Dunia Orellana .... special thanks
Carlos Pavón .... special thanks
William Reilly .... special thanks
James Rogan .... special thanks
Patricio Serna .... special thanks
Kunti Shaw .... special thanks
Sandi Sissel .... thanks
Sol .... special thanks
Lisa Stone .... special thanks
Milford Thomas .... special thanks
John Tintori .... special thanks
Scott Tuft .... thanks
Freddy Turcios .... special thanks
David Vivar .... special thanks
Alesia Weston .... thanks
Ameer Youssef .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sin nombre" - Mexico (original title)
"Without Name" - International (English title) (literal title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence, language and some sexual content
Runtime:
USA:96 min (Sundance Film Festival)
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Australia:MA | Canada:18A (Alberta) | Canada:14A (British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Czech Republic:15 | Germany:16 | Ireland:15A | Japan:PG12 | Mexico:B15 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Cary Fukunagra spent two years researching the film, spending time with people on the trains and with gangsters in Central America. He also used two gang members to script edit making the slang and language as up to date and realistic as possibleSee more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: Towards the end of the film, the city labeled as "Reynosa, Tamaulipas" is actually "Monterrey, Nuevo Leon."See more »
Quotes:
Sayra:Back home, my friend Clarissa made me see this crazy neighbor, Doña Eleanor, you know, like witchcraft? She smoked this puro, then told me with her freaky voice that I'd make it to the U.S. but not in God's hand, perhaps in the Devil's.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Ángel NavideñoSee more »

FAQ

Do films like "Sin Nombre" or "Man on Fire" give Mexico a bad reputation?
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36 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
A film of heartbreaking sadness but also one of joy and redemption, 26 April 2009
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

In Sin Nombre, first-time writer-director 31-year-old Cary Joji Fukanaga has crafted a uniquely moving film experience that dramatizes with authenticity the drive among the poor in Latin America to pull up roots and seek a better life in the U.S. Transcending genres and styles, Sin Nombre, translated "without a name", is performed by mostly non-professional local actors whose weathered faces mirror the harsh realities of their life. The film is shot by cinematographer Adriano Goldman with 35mm film rather than digital-video which is today's norm and avoids stylistic clichés such as hand-held cameras and dizzier-than-thou fast cutting.

Opening in Tapachula in the state of Chiapas in southern Mexico with a saturated color palette of deep red and orange, the trajectory of this low-budget, but beautifully shot thriller follows two parallel threads that meet in the middle. It begins with the initiation of a new member into the Mara Salvatrucha gang, in this case, a twelve year old boy called Smiley (Kristyan Ferrer) who has been recruited into the gang by young Willy aka Casper (Edgar Flores). Smiley must endure a gang ritual where he is thrown to the ground and kicked and beaten thirteen times to prove his toughness. As if that is not enough, the pre-teen is then forced to shoot a prisoner from the Chavalas, a rival gang.

Breaking the rules, Willy takes Smiley with him to meet his secret girlfriend Martha Marlene (Diana Garcia) but the clandestine meeting ends when sadistic gang leader, Lil' Mago (Tenoch Huerta Mejia) finds out about it and tries to rape her with tragic consequences. In the second thread, Sayra (Paulina Gaitan), a Honduran teenager is reunited with her father and decides to join him and her uncle on a perilous journey to New Jersey to meet other family members. In a powerful scene, they join other immigrants at a train crossing and then climb to the top of the railroad car of a passing train to begin the journey. One of the many dangers they face is that of being robbed by gangs or other poor Latinos who think they must have huge sums of money.

In this case, the robbers are Casper and Smiley who have been ordered to join Lil' Mago. When the leader tries to rape Sayra, however, Casper takes action which ensures that his future and that of Sayra will be inextricably linked. To reach the U.S., Sayra and Willy, now drawn together out of mutual need and attraction, have to overcome the network of covert operatives employed by the Mara gang, the danger of the border patrols, and the ordinary Mexicans who throw rocks at them and put their journey in peril. Powerful performances by Gaitan and Flores create an electric chemistry that wraps our hearts around their struggle to find release from their troubled past.

Winner of awards for directing and cinematography at Sundance, Sin Nombre has been attacked by some critics because it is a story about the truth of poor people's lives wrapped in a conventional framework. In my view, that is precisely what gives the film its strength. It is not an easy task for any immigrant who wants to make it to America, and Sin Nombre alerts us to the dangers as well as the opportunities. It succeeds not only as education but as theater, allowing the viewer not only to understand the perils illegal immigrants face but to relate emotionally to them as human beings.

Fukanaga was not a criminal or an immigrant but knows full well that the common thread existing among all people is that of being able to dream of a new day for themselves and the people they love. He spent two years doing research among the Mara Salvatrucha gang based in Mexico and Los Angeles, and in riding on the top of freight cars with Honduran and Salvadorean immigrants headed towards the U.S. border. The result is both deeply moving in its poetry and off-putting in its violence, a film of heartbreaking sadness but also one of joy and redemption, one of the best so far of 2009.

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Who was the No.1 gang leader? Spoilers quinn-mach
The girl is an idiot. couldn't stand watching her. sophtwareslump
What was the deal with the girlfriend?? FredCDobbs
Good film, MS in Mexico brings it down though IMO. britzsv
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