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Javier Fuentes-León |
102 min |
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