ON THE SEVENTH DAY (En el séptimo día)
Language: English, Spanish
Original Title: En el septimo dia
Running Time: 92min
Film Year: 2017
Category: HBO Ibero American Competition
A smart, big-hearted portrait of migrant life anchored by Fernando Cardona’s beautifully contained lead performance, On the Seventh Day follows José, a hardworking undocumented deliveryman who plays soccer every Sunday with his fellow Mexicans in Sunset Park. When his boss insists he work on the day of a pivotal play-off, José finds himself torn between staying true to his buddies and securing a stable life for his wife and soon-to-be-born child.
Though set in Brooklyn, McKay’s latest is, in a sense, a border drama—one that understands the plurality of borders migrants face as they struggle to forge roots in a new country. José’s dilemma may sound slight, but it speaks to larger issues about what it means to be a good family man, a good friend and a good American.
Director: Jim McKay
Producer: Alex Bach, Lindsey Cordero, Caroline Kaplan, Jim McKay, Michael Stipe
Screenwriter: Jim McKay
Executive Producer: John S. Johnson
Production Company: El Séptimo Día LLC
Cinematographer: Charles Libin
Editor: Karim López