"If you don't know what the South is, you're from the North."
Made by Fernando Solanas as the companion piece to his aching portrait of
exile, Tangos: The Exile of Gardel [SFIFF 1986], South charts the agony
of a return to Argentina after years of imprisonment. It also marks a return home for the
director of The Hour of the Furnaces: this is his first film shot in Argentina in
over ten years... A man, imprisoned for subversive activities, is released after five
years. Desperate to see his wife again, Floreal must first undergo a nocturnal reckoning
with the past... Wandering the streets of Buenos Aires, exhilarated by his freedom, a
series of images appear before him. These memories are sculpted like velvet dreams, where
the sad melodies of the tango [hauntingly scored by Astor Piazzolla] waft around the
fringes of dimly remembered incidents and people...evoking the history and the dreams of
Argentina... Suggestive and sensual, the poetics of South make this film a deeply
humanistic and probing portrait of the collective memory of modern Argentina, and indeed
any country which has known repression.
Runtime: 120 minutes
Thanks to Piers Handling, Toronto and the Pacific
Film Archive for the above information.
"SUR is one of the best movies about Argentina. Sur made me an Argentina tango lover.
After SUR, I became an Astor Piazolla's fan. Many thanks to Mr.Solanas, you introduce me
to Argentina and Latin America Spirit. I watched SUR five times, and i will watch it again
and again. Sur is living channels of humanity against dictatorship."
"Sur"" shows a kind of visual art not very common in Holywood ""weekly"" movies.
Now I understand ""Critic"" way of thinking in his review of ""Sur"".
I'm sure he is comparing ""Sur"" with ""Lethal Weapon III"". The director can stand up with proud.
From: "Don Louis Wetzel"
"Cannes Film Festival 1988 Prize for Best Direction. The film is a ""Must"" for all friends of Tango and
Maps & Globes
Bulletin Board Maps
Hand Painted Furniture
Old World Globe Bars