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Producers Francisco Aljure


Paralyzed from the waist down by a stray police bullet, the title character in Alejandro Landes’s award-winning film spends his days selling minutes on his cell phone, flirting with his comely neighbor — and secretly plotting his revenge. Landes worked on the film for five years, creating a tale that joins the most intimate details of Porfirio’s day-to-day life with an astonishing recreation of his attempt to hijack an airplane.

About The Team

Alejandro Landes (Director) was born in São Paulo, Brazil. He studied literature, economics and architecture at Brown University, then went on to become a journalist and television writer. His first film, the documentary Cocalero, premiered at Sundance in 2007 and opened theatrically in more than ten countries. With Porfirio, Landes was a fellow at the Cinéfondation Residence and the Sundance Institute.