The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

El Angel (El ángel)

Saturday, May. 4, 2019 – Saturday, May. 4, 2019

08:00 PM – 10:00 PM


From a young age, blue-eyed, baby-faced Carlitos (Lorenzo Ferro) has stolen just because he can. When he meets Ramon (Chino Darín), the son of career criminals, the attraction he feels for his classmate propels him into more serious crime: murder. Loosely based on the real-life Argentine serial killer Carlos Robledo Puch, nicknamed “Angel of Death” for his cherub-like looks, filmmaker Luis Ortega presents a Carlitos who doesn’t trust reality nor understand the consequences of his actions. Fast-paced and gorgeously photographed, El Angel delves into the psyche of an outlaw, while reflecting on how violence is glamorized on the screen.

“Captivatingly nasty.” - Noir City

"The film has the appearance of velour: dark, warm tones that invariably make even the most mundane spaces so much more sensual and inviting. The settings draw in viewers with so many details in every scene, like when the pair are hiding out in grim, dimly lit motel or passing through a velvet cushioned club with judgmental bartenders. Ortega uses Spanish language rock and pop hits like Martin Scorsese did in Goodfellas, giving the audience a taste of the time and insight to the mindset of these men. From their point of view, they were untouchable rock stars—until they weren’t." - RogerEbert.com

"His violence isn’t a question of revenge or sadism. It’s a matter of fact. The law simply doesn’t stick to him. It slides off, like Ortega’s gliding camera, zooming toward, away, and around Carlos’s body ever so sensuously." - Slant 

Read the NPR review.

Read an interview with the filmmaker.


  • Tuesday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
    Monday: Closed (Except Monday Holidays). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • General Admission

    • MFAH Members FREE
    • Adults $15
    • Seniors (65+ with ID) $10
    • Military (with ID) $10
    • College Students (19+ with ID) $7.50
    • Youth (13–18) $7.50
    • Children (12 & younger) FREE
    • Certain special exhibitions are ticketed, with an additional charge.
    On Thursday, general admission is free for everyone.

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Make visiting a snap! Visit mfah.org/parking for complete parking info, including a map you can download.

    Two Parking Garages        

    Parking Garage Hours

    Open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Parking Garage Fees

    • Parking payments may be made only with major credit cards, or with MasterCard and Visa debit cards.
    • The first 30 minutes are always free. On Thursday, parking is free for visitors who enter the Museum between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
    • For hourly rates, go to mfah.org/parking
    Recommendation for guests with limited mobility: Use the covered drop-off lane at the Main Street entrance to the Beck Building, or use wheelchair-accessible parking in the garage at 1144 Binz Street.

Special Offers / Dining

Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.

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