Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Nail in the Coffin: The Fall and Rise of Vampiro


Year: 2019
Country: CANADA
Run Time: 88 minutes

Nail in the Coffin: The Fall and Rise of Vampiro
Nail in the Coffin: The Fall and Rise of Vampiro
Nail in the Coffin: The Fall and Rise of Vampiro
Nail in the Coffin: The Fall and Rise of Vampiro

Ian Richard Hodgkinson is a single dad doing his best to raise his 17-year-old daughter, Dasha, in Thunder Bay, Ontario. But to his adoring fans, he’s Vampiro—the ghost-faced, rock ’n’ roll professional wrestling legend. Vampiro Canadiense remains one of Mexico’s most iconic lucha libre wrestlers decades later. Now in his 50s, Hodgkinson can’t seem to quit the business he claims to hate. Though exhausted after sustaining years of severe injuries, something keeps pulling Vampiro back into the ring. More involved in AAA lucha libre than ever, Hodgkinson wears many hats behind the scenes in addition to still fighting as Vampiro. While splitting his time between Canada and Mexico, he struggles to maintain both his relationship with Dasha and his own health, after years of physical injuries and drug addiction. How much longer can Vampiro sustain a lifestyle that may just kill him? Through intimate interviews with Dasha and Hodgkinson, his life outside the ring becomes the heart of the narrative. NAIL IN THE COFFIN: THE FALL AND RISE OF VAMPIRO approaches the wrestling documentary from behind the mask, revealing a man willing to sacrifice everything for his daughter—even if that means stepping into the ring one last time. (In English and Spanish with subtitles) — D.O.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Friday, April 03, 2020 at 9:20 PM ET

Sunday, April 05, 2020 at 1:00 PM ET

Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles

Cinema en Español

Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition


Michael Paszt

Pasha Patriki

Pasha Patriki

Danny Palmer

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Community Assessment and Treatment Services

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