For every bridge built, warns a Mexican proverb, the devil demands one soul. Even in contemporary Mexico, "any major construction project needs a soul in its foundation," agrees one of IN THE PIT's army of laborers tunneling beneath the surface and scaling the perilous heights of La Cuidad to ensure that "the Second Deck" becomes a reality. Physically diminutive yet implacably committed, El Chabelo doggedly faces each moment of every filthy, risky and exhausting day with calm and resignation. His colleague El Grande is a rough-hewn and misanthropic mason as carelessly unafraid of indulging his dark personal demons as he is of facing the perils of both the pit and the towers. El Guapo wistfully longs for love while El Voyeur propositions women from hundreds of feet in the air.
Cast & Crew
- Awards & Accolades
- Grand Jury Prize (World Cinema, Documentary) Sundance Film Festival 2006
- Best Documentary (Longer than 30 Minutes) Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2006
- Best Film Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema 2007
- Mayahuel Award (Best Doucmentary) Guadalajara Mexican Film Festival 2006
Reviews(see the best reviews)
I've written this one up at The Evening Class: http://theeveningclass.blogspot.com/2007/01/2007-psiffcine-latinomexicoen-el-hoyo.html
A thoroughly humane documentary with a fantastic visual flourish at film's end.