El Sur (The South)

In cinemas 16 September 2016

“One of the best in Spanish cinema history.” — Pedro Almodóvar

Watch the trailer for El Sur (1983), Victor Erice’s stunning tale of memory, longing and loss.

Recalling her youth in northern Spain in the 1950s and her relationship with her beloved father, Estrella realises how little she knew about him. Raised in the south, he’d had his secrets… Delicate, nuanced, mysterious, Erice’s film reveals his abiding fascination with memory and missed opportunities, longing and loss, the passing of time and the links between private dreams and political realities.

The performances – like the meticulously lit compositions and the evocative soundtrack – are superb throughout; Omero Antonutti is especially charismatic as Agustín, while Sonsoles Aranguren and Icíar Bollaín shine, respectively, as the young and teenaged Estella. Exquisitely beautiful, profoundly moving.

Geoff Andrew, programmer-at-large

El Sur (1983)

El Sur (1983)

Venues

20 November
Duke’s at Komedia, Brighton

20 November
Cambridge Arts Picturehouse

20 November
Picturehouse Central

20 November
Clapham Picturehouse

20 November
Crouch End Picturehouse

20 November
East Dulwich Picturehouse

20 November
Edinburgh Cameo

20 November
Exeter Picturehouse

20 November
Hackney Picturehouse

20 November
Little Theatre Bath

20 November
Liverpool Picturehouse at FACT

20 November
NMM Bradford

20 November
Norwich Cinema City

20 November
Oxford Phoenix Picturehouse

20 November
Stratford East

20 November
Southampton Harbour Lights

20 November
York City Screen

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