Hartest Film Club
Date: 19 January 2018
Location: , IP29 4DH
El Sur (1983) 95 minutes
Estrella Arenas (Icíar Bollaín), a rural Spanish teenager with a rich imagination, dreams of her mysterious father Agustín (Omero Antonutti), a man who in recent years has drifted away from her. Estrella struggles to piece together Agustín's secret history and recalls her family's sudden unexplained move from Seville to the northern countryside in her youth. Estrella decides to return alone to the South, a place warped by years of her father's hazy and nostalgic recollections. This is where the film ends, so we never see the South. Funding was withdrawn at this point. The film was to run for another 95 minutes.
This unfinished film was hailed as a masterpiece and is still regarded as one of the best of Spanish cinema.
Exquisitely beautiful and profoundly moving, with superb performances and an evocative soundtrack, El Sur is regarded as one of the greatest films in Spanish cinema history. Directed by Victor Erice (The Spirit of the Beehive).
The cinematography and acting are wonderful. Some scenes are reminiscent of a Caravaggio painting with his use of light and composition. The ending is abrupt but of course it is unfinished. It is true art cinema.
Tickets are £2.50 on the door and all are welcome.