“Golden Globe® and Academy Award® nominee Adriana Barraza (Amores Perros, Babel) will star in Bingo, the upcoming film in the Welcome to the Blumhouse slate from Blumhouse Television and Amazon Studios, directed and co-written by Gigi Saul Guerrero, currently in production.
Barraza plays the lead character of “Lupita,” a strong and stubborn “chingona” (bad ass) who grew up in the barrio of Oak Springs, a neighborhood formerly full of crime and dangerous characters. Lupita has dedicated her life to cleaning up the neighborhood, and creating a community the residents could be proud to call home.
Bingo presents an exciting, seldom-seen collaboration in Hollywood between esteemed Mexican actress Barraza and Mexico City-born and raised Guerrero, a rising genre filmmaker named in Variety’s 2019 Latinx to Watch in a film that draws on their heritage and places a veteran actress at the forefront of a fun horror-thriller story.
As previously announced, Bingo is one of the upcoming films in Amazon Prime Video’s Welcome to the Blumhouse program of genre, horror-thriller films highlighting female and emerging filmmakers, and diverse casts with new and established actors in unexpected roles.
The upcoming 2021 Welcome to the Blumhouse films include Bingo, The Manor, Black as Night, and Madres
Prime Video launched the Welcome to the Blumhouse program in October of last year with Black Box, The Lie, Evil Eye and Nocturne which are currently streaming on Prime Video
Logline: In the barrio of Oak Springs live a strong and stubborn group of elderly friends who refuse to be gentrified. Their leader, Lupita (Barraza), keeps them together as a community, a family. But little did they know, their beloved Bingo hall is about to be sold to a much more powerful force than money itself.
Barraza’s award-winning career spans over 40 years in film, television and theater. In 2018 Forbes Magazine Latin America named Adriana the most influential Latina film actress and one of the 100 most powerful Latin American actors of all time. In 1999, Barraza starred in a breakout role playing the mother of Gael Garcia Bernal in Academy Award winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu film Amores Perros, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In 2006, she re-teamed with Iñárritu in Babel, and became one of only 6 Mexican actresses to ever receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Barraza was born in Toluca, Mexico,
Shane McKenzie & Gigi Saul Guerrero, along with Perry Blackshear pen the script.
Jason Blum, Jeremy Gold, Marci Wiseman, Raynor Shima, Lisa Bruce and Lauren Downey executive produce.
Barraza is represented by Innovative Artists, DePaz Management and Olive Productions & Publicity”
[Photo Credits: Above photo of Adriana Barraza by Hector Moreno and above photo of Gigi Saul Guerrero by Bren MacDonald.]
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Author: Derek Anderson