Wednesday 23rd May: El Sur (PG)

Spain/France  –  Drama, Romance  –  Year: 1983  –  Running time: 95 mins
Language: Spanish

Recently restored and re-released by the BFI, this is, like Erice’s debut feature, Sprit of the Beehive, one of the greatest Spanish films ever made, albeit that a story intended to be 3 hours long ended up only half of that: but all the more intriguing and just as perfect! A young girl finds clues to her family’s poisoned past, which lies in the mysterious ‘South’, a landscape, as with so many of the key protagonists, which lies always off-screen.

Every inch of every frame in this lilting father-daughter drama by Victor Erice is calculated perfection.
David Jenkins (Little White Lies)

Director: Víctor Erice
The Quince Tree Sun (1992) / Spirit Of The Beehive (1973)
Omero Antonutti                             …   Agustín Arenas
Sonsoles Aranguren                      …   Estrella (aged 8)
Icíar Bollaín                                    …   Estrella (aged 15)
Lola Cardona                                 …   Lola
Rafaela Aparicio                            …   Milagros
Aurore Clément                             …   Irene Ríos / Laura
(for full cast, and more information, see “El Sur” in IMDB)

Selected UK reviews:

The Guardian (John Patterson)
Time Out (Dave Calhoun)
CineVue (Patrick Gamble)

Official UK trailer: