A film by Argentine filmmaker Lisandro Alonso
This existential fable evokes the voyage of Ulysses in its story about a lonely merchant marine who returns home to the snowy country of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago to see his dying mother after years at sea. As his world expands from the claustrophobic ship’s cabin to mountain vistas, details, both biographic and cultural, accumulate, building to a single, spellbinding gesture and moment of revelation.
IN PERSON: Lisandro Alonso.
About the filmmaker:
Argentine filmmaker Lisandro Alonso combines the formal techniques of fiction and documentary cinema to create his meditative, mysteriously atmospheric films. Each of his four films to date—La Libertad (2001), Los Muertos (2004), Fantasma (2006) and Liverpool (2008)—closely follow the quotidian movements of a solitary man to signify a larger journey or inner quest. The nonprofessional actors’ seemingly prosaic activities—cutting wood, journeying home, searching for a theater—become powerful allegories when set against vast landscapes, dreamlike sequences, cinematic manipulations and soundtrack music. Alonso’s formally rigorous, minimalist works are utterly unique in contemporary Latin American cinema. The UCLA Film & Television Archive is pleased to welcome Alonso to the Billy Wilder Theater on Friday, July 2 to kick-off this complete retrospective of his work.
TICKET INFO: Advance tickets are available for $10 at www.cinema.ucla.edu. Tickets are also available at the Billy Wilder Theater box office starting one hour before showtime: $9, general admission; $8, students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members with ID.
Cost: Advance tickets are available for $10 at www.cinema.ucla.edu.
35mm, color, in Spanish with English subtitles 84 min. PARKING: At the Billy Wilder Theater: after 6 p.m., $3 in the lot under the Billy Wilder Theater. Enter from Westwood Blvd., just north of Wilshire. Before 6 p.m., $3 for the first three hours with Museum validation.
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