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Undertow (Contracorriente)

Javier Fuentes-León  Peru  2009  102 min spanish  s-t.a_en
image+nation 23 opens with Undertow, a Sundance award-winner and Peru’s 2011 Oscar submission. Ghost meets Brokeback Mountain. As its ominous title suggests, Undertow dives far below the seemingly placid surface of self-identity and family ties, churning up waves of passion – and a fateful accident – that overwhelm this luxuriously sweeping and transcendent film’s love triangle. 


CLOSING FILM
Le fil (The String)
Mehdi ben Attia  France/Belgique  2010  93 min  v.o.f. & arabic s.-t.a_en
Bidding adieu to another edition of the Festival, Le fil is a light-hearted melodramedy in which gay men and lesbians confront life’s challenges together. Le fil handles issues of class struggle and culture clash with nuance, sensitivity and affirmation, all against the moody heat of a North African summer.
 

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Undertow (Contracorriente)
Javier Fuentes-León | Peru | 2009 | | 102 min | Spanish | s.-t.a_en

Amidst the splendid isolation of Peru’s scenic Cabo Blanco, handsome Miguel (the magnetic Cristian Mercado) passionately adores his lovely pregnant wife Mariella (Tatiana Astengo) – and his clandestine lover, the ... [+]

Amidst the splendid isolation of Peru’s scenic Cabo Blanco, handsome Miguel (the magnetic Cristian Mercado) passionately adores his lovely pregnant wife Mariella (Tatiana Astengo) – and his clandestine lover, the artist and outsider Santiago (Colombia’s Brad Pitt, Manolo Cardona). After Santiago’s accidental drowning, he begins haunting Miguel, whose distraction sets rumours swirling. As Santiago’s body surfaces, Miguel is caught in the crosscurrents of homophobia, religion and tradition, and must risk losing his beloved family, community respect and status – or consigning Santiago to eternal suffering. Undertow explores the consequences of living in silence – and living out loud, in a world where death is only the beginning... Director/writer Javier Fuentes-León’s luxurious debut feature swept up the World Cinema Audience Award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, and was recently submitted to represent Peru in the Best Foreign Language Film category for the 2011 Academy Awards. Acclaimed cinematographer Mauricio Vidal accentuates the awe-inspiring natural beauty of coastal Peru, alternating sweeping vistas with postcard-pretty framing for dramatic effect. A fusion of Brokeback Mountain and Ghost, Undertow also heralds a sparkling Ibero-American programme at image+nation 23, featuring screen gems, From Beginning to End and The Consul of Sodom. [-]

thursday 28 oct_20:00 | PGM 01 | Imperial



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Le fil (The String)
Mehdi ben Attia | France/Belgium | 2010 | | 93 min | French | s-t.a_en et arabes

Debonair architect and devout son Malik (aristocratic Antonin Stahly-Vishwanadan) returns to Tunisia after his father’s death to his inconsolable mother Sara – a captivating Claudia Cardinale (8˝) in comeback mode. ... [+]

Debonair architect and devout son Malik (aristocratic Antonin Stahly-Vishwanadan) returns to Tunisia after his father’s death to his inconsolable mother Sara – a captivating Claudia Cardinale (8˝) in comeback mode. Although determined to come out, Malik finds himself knotted up in Sara’s apron strings, as childhood anxieties resurface along with his own grief. Meanwhile, his becoupled lesbian best friend Siryne (Ramla Ayari) and her partner Leila (Abir Bennani) are plotting a pregnancy, and waifish cousin Wassim offers momentary relief. However, Malik’s entanglement with Bilal (a smouldering Salim Kechiouche (Le clan, Les amants criminels), a handyman with a talent for rewiring things, may end up unravelling everything... [-]

sunday 7 nov_20:30 | PGM 66 | Theatre Hall Concordia