Previously at the ICA - Films
16 Sep 2016 – 22 Sep 2016
Even greater than The Spirit of the Beehive, Víctor Erice’s second feature is a masterpiece ripe for rediscovery. 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 evocative soundtrack—are superb; 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.
El sur (The South), dir. Víctor Erice, Spain/France 1983, 95mins, cert. PG, Spanish with English subtitles.