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The Palace

(El palacio)
Canada / Mexico, 2013


The Free Screening Series at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1
is supported by SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement.

Admission is on a first-come, first-seated basis. $2 VLAFF Membership required.
Available for purchase at the door.


Spanish with English subtitles.

Director/Writer: Nicolás Pereda Producers: Sandra Gómez Velásquez, Maximiliano Cruz, Nicolás Pereda, Teresa Sánchez Cinematographer: Pedro Gómez Millán
Editor: Nicolás Pereda Sound: José Miguel Enríquez Cast: Geli Ramírez, Elizabeth Tinoco, Eli Cerna, Araceli Pedraza, Alicia Dominguez, Citlali Dominguez Ramírez, Rosa Estela Juárez, Ale Acosta, Flora Gallegos, Jessica Vélez Landín, Karina Itzel León Mora, Gloria Alejandré Ramírez, Laura Ramírez, Rosa María Lara, Teresa Sánchez, Agustina León Calvillo, Alejandra Cruz, Soledad Ramírez                                          


The Palace follows the everyday life of seventeen women who live together in Mexico, sharing a large house for both emotional and financial reasons. They help each other train for various jobs as nannies, domestic workers and private nurses for elderly patients. Intimate and observational, the film is beautifully shot in a palette of muted blues and greys. Its pace reflects the pace of these women’s lives, vacillating between tedium and profundity. The Palace is an important addition to the oeuvre of one of Canada and Mexico’s most prolific avant-garde filmmakers.

It’s a rigorous and earnestly made inquiry of working conditions, both real and hoped for. Succinct and affecting. Jay Kuehner, Fandor

El palacio es una cinta que sigue el día a día de diecisiete mujeres quienes conviven en una misma casa por razones emocionales y financieras. Se ayudan mutuamente mientras se entrenan en diferentes trabajos. La mayoría se convierten en niñeras, trabajadoras domésticas o enfermeras privadas para los ancianos. Este documental es un trabajo de observación de la intimidad cotidiana, filmado bellamente en tonos grises y azules. El palacio es una importante cinta que se añade a la obra de Nicolás Pereda, quien es uno de los cineastas mexicanos más prolíficos y avant-garde de la actualidad.

6:00 pm|SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (GCA)
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Nicolás Pereda (b. 1982, Mexico City) has lived in Toronto for many years and has recently relocated to teach filmmaking at Simon Fraser University. He has written, directed and edited nine award-winning films including ¿Dónde están sus historias? (2007), Perpetuum Mobile (2009) and Verano de Goliat (2010). El palacio won the Silver Puma for Best Mexican Film at FICUNAM.