El surThe South
1983  |  Spain, France  |  95 mins
Víctor Erice  |  Omero Antonutti, Icíar Bollaín, Sonsoles Aranguren
Spanish, English subt.  |  Drama, Romance

About the film

Great opportunity to see ‘El sur‘ in 35mm. The second film by the renowned Spanish filmmaker Víctor Erice is a masterpiece!

Based on a short novel by Adelaida García Morales, in this coming-of-age story a young woman reflects on her childhood relationship with her father, attempting to understand the depths of his despair and the truth of his myths.

Erice once again shows the difficult growth of the protagonist from youth to adulthood framed in the historical context of the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War.

“The unfinished Spanish drama that’s perfect the way it is. Victor Erice’s 1983 gem remains a haunting tale of family secrets and postwar loss, even if problems behind the camera left much of its story unfilmed.”


— John Patterson, The Guardian

“It’s a haunting, delicate portrait of childhood, with a father who oozes mystery (…).”


— Kate Muir, The Times

“A moving and mysterious study of childhood. (...) It’s a fragmented, lyrical work that has some extremely powerful moments of shadowy, painterly beauty.”


— Dave Calhoun, Time Out

Festival & Awards winner: Nominated for Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival 1983, Gold Hugo – Best Movie at Chicago International Film Festival 1983

Stills from the movie

SCREENINGS & TICKETS

Introduction and Q&A with director Víctor Erice. Screened in 35mm!
13 January
19:00
Eye Filmmuseum
Cinema 1

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