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City of Dreams

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City of Dreams is an drama thriller film written, directed, and co-produced by Mohit Ramchandani. The film stars Ari Lopez, Alfredo Castro, Paulina Gaitán, Diego Calva, and Renata Vaca.

In February 2023, it was reported that Yalitza Aparicio was going to serve as an executive producer on the American-Mexican drama thriller film titled Dreamers and that Jason Patric had joined the cast.

In October 2023, it was announced that Roadside Attractions had acquired the distribution rights to now-retitled City of Dreams, written and directed by Mohit Ramchandani in his directorial debut.

City of Dreams had its world premiere at the Mammoth Film Festival on March 5, 2023. It was released in the United States on August 30, 2024 (United States).

City of Dreams Movie Details:

Countries United States
GenreThriller, Drama
Release DatesMarch 5, 2023 (Mammoth Film Festival)
August 30, 2024 (United States)
CastAri Lopez
Alfredo Castro
Paulina Gaitán
Diego Calva
Renata Vaca
Jason Patric
Directed by Mohit Ramchandani
Written byMohit Ramchandani
Produced byMohit Ramchandani
Matthew Diezel
Jon Graham
Rufus Parker
Luis Mandoki
Kyle Stroud
Cinematography by Alejandro Chávez
Edited by Matthew Diezel
Music byLisa Gerrard
Production CompaniesP2 Films
Original Entertainment
Distributor Roadside Attractions

City of Dreams Movie Cast & Characters:

  • Ari Lopez as Jesús
  • Alfredo Castro as El Jefe
  • Paulina Gaitán
  • Diego Calva as Carlitos
  • Renata Vaca as Elena
  • Jason Patric as Stevens
  • Samm Levine as Nazarian
  • Nicole Andrews as Natalie Preston
  • Francisco Denis as Rodrigo
  • Rene Aranda as Girl in Pedicab


Inspired by a true story, the film follows Jesús, a young farmer in rural Mexico who dreams of playing for Club Puebla, his local soccer team. With the promise of training at a soccer camp in Los Angeles, Jesús is convinced by his father to leave home, but he soon discovers that he’s been sold to a sweatshop run out of a decrepit mansion in downtown Los Angeles. Jesús is then subjected to the grueling 18-hour work schedule dictated by El Jefe, a boss who promises freedom for those who complete their quotas, and whose brutality is motivated by his own desperation to provide for his family back in Mexico. Despite all, Jesús finds solace in Elena, a girl who was similarly betrayed and sent to America under the guise of attending a fashion school. When Elena goes missing and another co-worker, Carlitos, is severely beaten for confronting El Jefe, Jesús realizes his only way out is a daring escape.


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