Illiterate

(Las analfabetas)
Chile, 2013
Duration: 
1:13

Free screening at Douglas College, New Westminster Campus,  Lecture Theatre 2201

Director Moisés Sepúlveda in attendance.

Spanish with English subtitles.

Director: Moisés Sepúlveda Producer: Fernando Bascuñán Writer: Pablo Paredes, Moisés Sepúlveda (adapted from the play Las analfabetas by Pablo Paredes) Cinematographer: Arnaldo Rodríguez Editor: Rodrigo Fernández Music: Cristóbal Carvajal Cast: Paulina García, Valentina Muhr

Ximena is an illiterate woman in her fifties (played by Paulina García who won the Best Actress award in Berlin for her role in Gloria) who has learned to disguise her inability to read or write. Jackeline is a young unemployed elementary school teacher who tries to convince Ximena to take classes with her. Persuading her proves to be an almost impossible task, until one day, Jackeline finds something Ximena has been keeping as her only treasure from childhood: a letter Ximena’s father left when he abandoned her many years before. The two women embark on a learning journey where they discover that there are many ways of being illiterate, and that not knowing how to read is just one of them.

A richly layered...take on illiteracy in all its forms, played out through the fascinatingly awkward relationship between two women.
Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter

Ximena es una cincuentona analfabeta que se ha inventado todo lo que no ha podido leer. No vive mal pero vive sola. Jackeline es una joven profesora de primaria, desempleada, que intenta convencer a Ximena de tomar clases de lectura. Persuadirla le resulta imposible, hasta que encuentra una carta que la mujer ha guardado desde su niñez como el único tesoro que le dejó su padre al abandonarla, muchos años atrás. Así, ambas mujeres emprenden un viaje de aprendizaje donde descubren que hay muchas formas de ser analfabeta, que no saber leer es solo una de ellas. El director presenta una historia de secretos y soledad, pero aligerada por diálogos de un humor insolente. La actriz encargada de retratar el personaje de Ximena en la película es Paulina García, la protagonista de Gloria.

04-Sep-2014
2:30 pm|Douglas College
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Moisés Sepúlveda (b. 1984, Santiago de Chile) graduated in film directing and screenwriting from the ARCIS University in Chile. For the last 10 years, he has simultaneously developed a career as a professional magician. He is currently working on his second film, Sed, la historia detrás del fraudeLas analfabetas is his debut feature.

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