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Big screen classics

El sur

+ intro by Maria Delgado, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

The South

Víctor Erice’s bittersweet and beautiful film follows a young girl whose romantic notions are challenged as she ages.

Image from El sur + intro by Maria Delgado, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Spain-France 1983
Dir Víctor Erice
With Omero Antonutti, Sonsoles Aranguren, Iciar Bollain, Lola Cardona
95min
Digital
English subtitles
Certificate PG

A woman remembers her childhood and early teenage years – and in particular her relationship with her mysterious father – in northern Spain in the late 50s. Víctor Erice’s lyrical masterpiece conjures up the secretive atmosphere of life under Franco’s regime, and contemplates the all-pervasive influence of time, not only on our memories but on our capacity for hope and love, disappointment and despair.

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