Premiering tonight at the FilmForum, Gianfranco Rosi’s El Sicario: Room 164 takes you into a drab hotel room where a hooded narco hitman with $250,ooo contract on his head will boast about his 20 years of killing and torturing hundreds.
Also, the proper logistics and superiority of a “sicario” job over a drive-by. That’s what the notepad is for. Looks illuminating, especially if you want to know how easy it is “to move a person if you move drugs by the ton?” Word’s out that this Ciudad Juarez drug cartel associate (and former commander of the state police in Chihuahua) get gruesome and weepy.
Story by Charles Bowden, who’s been covering the violence in Juárez “Murder City” Mexico for fifteen years. Kudos. Also, big kudos to FilmForum for presenting the U.S. premiere of this documentary. If you too love this amazing place, show it.