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El Sur review – haunting story of a girl's quest to understand her father

15 September 2016 8:22 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Spirit of the Beehive director Victor Erice’s 1950s-set drama is an intimate study of a girl’s attempts to fathom out – and forgive – her father

Related: El Sur: the unfinished Spanish drama that’s perfect the way it is

Here’s a vivid rediscovery. Ten years after 1973’s now canonical The Spirit of the Beehive, Victor Erice made this richly rewarding 1950s-set drama, which feels very much like an extension of its predecessor’s chief narrative concern – a child’s curiosity about a figure who might be a giant, a monster, or merely a man. Rather than Frankenstein’s creature, eight-year-old Estrella (Sonsoles Aranguren) is beholden to a charismatic doctor father (Omero Antonutti) who divines water between unexplained spells in seclusion. He could represent any number of patrician leaders, but Erice’s handling proves more intimate than allegorical, beckoning us into Vermeer-like compositions – and the cinema once again »

- Mike McCahill

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Padre Padrone | Taviani Retrospective Review

2 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

I Never Sang for My Father: The Taviani Brothers and the Prison of Patriarchy

For many, Italian directing duo Paolo and Vittorio Taviani are best remembered for their output from the late 70s to late 80s, coming to prominence on the international circuit and unveiling a string of notable titles before falling out of critical favor by the mid-1990s. In 2012, the brothers made a resurgence winning the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, which resulted in bringing their old classics back to new, contemporary audiences. A retrospective featuring new restorations of three important titles begins with one of their most lauded films, 1977’s Padre Padrone, which took home the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival (notably, Roberto Rossellini was the jury president, whose 1946 film Paisan inspired the brothers as filmmakers). Based on a memoir (Gavino Ledda’s The One That Got Away) and originally intended for television, »

- Nicholas Bell

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