Afterimage: The Films of Nicolás Pereda

12/2/11 to 12/4/11

The young Mexican Canadian filmmaker Nicolás Pereda, one of the major new voices in contemporary Latin American (and world) cinema, joins us for the screening of six of his films. Pereda uses contemporary cinematic techniques-such as long, quiet takes and the blending of documentary and fiction-to evoke a physical sense of place, modern Mexico. Pereda will be joined in conversation by critic Robert Koehler on December 4; Koehler will also introduce Together on December 2.

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  • All Things Were Now Overtaken by Silence

    • Sunday, December 4 3:00 pm

    Nicolás Pereda (Mexico/Canada, 2010). Nicolás Pereda in person. Based around a staging of Sor Juana Inès de la Cruz's poem “First I Dream” by the actress/artist/political activist Jesusa Rodríguez, this experimental video piece investigates the concept and use of silence, space, and stasis as a way to form meaning. (62 mins)

  • Where Are Their Stories?

    • Sunday, December 4 5 pm

    Nicolás Pereda (Mexico/Canada, 2007). Nicolás Pereda and Robert Koehler in conversation. Pereda's remarkable feature debut introduced his deadpan, darkly comic vision of cinema, where the relationships among character, place, and time are elemental. Hoping to prevent his grandmother's farm from being sold, a young man heads to the city to find his mother-and a lawyer. (73 mins)

  • Summer of Goliath

    • Saturday, December 3 6:30 pm

    Nicolás Pereda (Mexico/Canada/Netherlands, 2010). Nicolás Pereda in person. All forms of fiction, documentary, fantasy, and reality are under question in Pereda's particular blend of documentary and fiction, set amidst the intrigues, small-town gossips, and class divides of rural Huilotepec, Mexico. “A microcosm of the Mexican social order” (Filmmaker Magazine). Preceded by the short study of grief, Interview with the Earth. (94 mins)

  • Together

    • Friday, December 2 7 pm

    Nicolás Pereda (Mexico/Canada, 2009). Nicolás Pereda in person. Introduced by Robert Koehler. Three housemates try to overcome faulty plumbing, a missing dog, and their own failing relationships in Pereda's deadpan examination of a young adulthood spent with no funds, no fun, and no love. “Recalls the meditative comedy of Tsai Ming-liang” (Harvard Film Archive). (73 mins)

  • Perpetuum Mobile

    • Friday, December 2 8:45 pm

    Nicolás Pereda (Mexico/Canada, 2010). Nicolás Pereda in person. Pereda's bemused, down-market city-symphony follows two hapless Mexico City moving-van “entrepreneurs” through a succession of run-ins with clients, friends, and family, all of whom are in perpetual motion-usually just spinning in circles, and rarely heading upwards. (86 mins)