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Víctor Erice, El sur, 1983

El sur (The South)

16 Sep 201622 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 performanceslike the meticulously lit compositions and evocative soundtrackare 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) trailer - In cinemas 16 September | BFI release

El sur (The South), dir. Víctor Erice, Spain/France 1983, 95mins, cert. PG, Spanish with English subtitles.

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