Friday, October 11, 2013

Nuestro Cine: Glorious “Gloria”

What happens when a Chilean divorcee refuses to settle in to the loneliness of being elderly and finds romance with an older man?  The answer can be seen in “Gloria”, a film from Chile that will represent that country in the race for the next Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Directed by Sebatián Leilo, “Gloria” was described in Variety as “perceptive and unerringly sympathetic” and having “the makings of an arthouse sleeper.”

Unlike “No”, the 2012 movie that examined the campaign to defeat Gen. Augusto Pinochet in a 1988 national referendum, “Gloria” barely acknowledges the political divisions that continue to run deep in Chile.

“Chilean social context is sketched in with just a few brief verbal or visual nods to government disillusionment, popular unrest, corruption and the escalating cost of living. But the personal world depicted here is a universal one,” according to a review in “The Hollywood Reporter”.

The “universal” themes of love, isolation and freedom can be seen in the subtitled trailer for “Gloria” below the page break.  (Video is slightly Not Safe for Work).

The critical praise for “Gloria” has extended to Paulina García who portrays the film’s titular protagonist.  Earlier this year she became the fifth ever Latin American to capture the top actress prize at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival. 

“Sometimes people are gloomy and cynical and I think it's important to say there is another way of looking at life - seeing the light and not just the dark,” she said earlier this year.

“Gloria” will be screened on the last day of the New York Film Festival, which is this Sunday.

A record of seventy-six films was chosen to vie for the next Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Of these, nine will be selected be shortlisted by the Academy followed by the selection of the five finalists later in the month.  The Academy Awards will be presented on March 2nd.

This month, our “Nuestro Cine” posts have focused on several Latin American picks for the top foreign film Oscar including:
  • Uruguay – “Anina”
  • Mexico – “Heli”
  • Venezuela - “Breach in the Silence” ("Brecha en el silencio")  
  • Peru - “The Cleaner” (“El Limpiador”)
Video Source – YouTube via the Film Society of Lincoln Center

Online Sources – 51st New York Film Festival; Reuters; The Latin Americanist; Variety; The Hollywood Reporter

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