Cinepocalypse Presents: ‘Deliver’ – A Short Film From Ricardo Farias Arauzo

As part of the Shorts Block 1: Shadows Within playing at Cinepocalypse 2019 is Director Ricardo Farias Arauzo’s (Voces 2016) short film, Deliver. The film stars Betiza Bistmark Calderón (Guava Island 2019), newcomer Edel Govea, and Reynier Morales (Un hombre nuevo 2014).


In the near future, humanity is on the edge of extinction, and survival has become a perverse game. A couple travels somewhere unknown to make a trade-off. What they’ll exchange is a mystery, but what they will receive in return could save them. What is this couple willing to sacrifice in order to survive?

The highlight of this short gem is the strong acting, especially the steely performance of Calderón, who anchors the film with grim, stoic determination. She comes across as determined to survive, but with a core of humanity leaking through that allows us to empathize with her instantly, which is essential in a film as short as this one. The bleak desert landscape acts as a good substitute for a post-apocalyptic world. My one criticism of the film is that it ended a little too abruptly. This film had a solid beginning and middle, but I really felt what it lacked was a satisfying ending, even an ambiguous one. Despite that, I was impressed with the amount of character and story line that was packed into Deliver. A good watch.

Deliver is playing as part of the Shorts Block 1: Shadows Within playing at Cinepocalypse 2019 on Sunday, June 16th, 2019 at 9:30 p.m. and Monday, June 17th, 2019, at 2:30 p.m.

Since 2017, Cinepocalypse has terrorized Chicago audiences at the historic Music Box Theatre with an annual slate of premiere films, guests, and bloodcurdling entertainment. Named a top genre festival in the world by MovieMaker Magazine, our 2019 festivities presented by ALTER features jury president Joel Schumacher, the world premiere of Glenn Danzig’s feature film debut, Verotika, award recipient Michael Ironside, Joe Bob Briggs, GWAR retrospective, a Child’s Play Speakeasy, along with many more world premieres, regional premieres, special guests, and repertory (both 35mm and 70mm) screenings!

About Christine Burnham

When not writing, Christine Burnham is watching TV, Horror films, reading, cooking, and spending time with her menagerie of animals.

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