Real, Rough Life, in Front of a Lens

Arriving at a moment when smart, pointed humor in movies is in short supply, “Cold Souls” could never be described as social realist. It is simply flat-out funny.

NEW YORK TIMES, March 24, 2009

 
 
 

Movie Review – Sangre de Mi Sangre (2008)

Sangre de Mi Sangre is the remarkable writing debut of Christopher Zalla, who also directed.

COMMENTARY TRACK, June 29, 2008

 
 
 

Sangre de mi Sangre

"Sangre de Mi Sangre," the grand jury prize winner at Sundance 2007 ... is built around two relationships, both touching, both emotionally true.

ROGER EBERT June 19, 2008

 
 
 

Sangre de mi sangre

Fusing a bit of Shakespearean mistaken identity with Biblical tales of greed and redemption, writer/director Christopher Zalla’s first feature couldn’t come at a better time… Well-acted and gripping, Sangre de mi Sangre—which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance—augurs well for Zalla’s career.

PASTE MAGAZINE, June 13, 2008

 
 
 

Sangre de mi Sangre

[Sangre de mi Sangre] offers more consistent entertainment value than most of the summer Hollywood blockbusters.

CINEMATRACTION, May 19, 2008

 
 
 

Refugee Woes in Brooklyn

TWO timely issues – illegal immigration and identity theft – power the stylishly dark “Sangre de Mi Sangre,” the first feature by Kenya-born, Columbia-educated filmmaker Christopher Zalla.

NEW YORK POST, May 16, 2008

 
 
 

Sangre de mi Sangre

Few modern movies have the visceral excitement and heartbreaking, lived-in reality of this one, which, in its compelling immediacy, recalls the great works of Italian Neo-Realist cinema.... The film is brilliantly cast in a way to make you care vitally about every character.  Juan is a thoroughly reprehensible scamp, but the lusciously handsome Hernández floods the character with a volatile charisma reminiscent of Robert De Niro in Mean Streets, with a little Tony Curtis in Sweet Smell of Success thrown in for good measure....  After this film, both actors should be as hot as Y Tu Mamá También’s Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal.

FILM JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL, May 13, 2008

 
 
 

Sangre de mi Sangre

Christopher Zalla ... makes an impressive debut with this suspense feature about illegal immigrants and stolen identity.

CHICAGO READER, May 2008