Director: Pablo Larraín

97 mins, Chile-Brazil, 2008, Drama, English subtitles

Pablo Larraín populates a grim, sometimes brutal depiction of Pinochet’s Chile with a white-suited, Travolta-idolising aging dancer, Raúl Peralta, who has big dreams, but also a strong hold in the Santiago underworld. Brilliantly portrayed by Alfredo Castra, Raúl, ensures that nobody will get in his way, in an allegorical depiction of the dictatorship.

Referring to the broader Chilean cinema output, Demetrios Matheou will discuss Larraín’s trilogy (Post Mortem and No). He will also give a brief tour of Latin American cinema by way of introduction to the course.  

Demetrios Matheou is a London-based journalist, writer and programmer. He has been the film critic for Scotland’s Sunday Herald newspaper since 2004, is a regular contributor to Sight and Sound magazine and a member of the collective of journalists who produce The Arts Desk website. His film writing has appeared in most of the UK’s broadsheet newspapers, including The Guardian, The Observer, The Times and The Sunday Times and The Independent on Sunday

Demetrios is the author of The Faber Book of New South American Cinema, published in 2010, which uses extensive interviews with directors from Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Peru to explore the re-emergence of the continent’s cinema in the 1990s and 2000s. That year he co-curated South American Renaissance, a major retrospective film season for the British Film Institute. He has also collaborated with a number of Latin American festivals in London, and in 2012 co-founded the London Argentine Film Festival.

Other books to which he has contributed include Cinema: The Whole Story, and Ten Bad Dates with De Niro. He is a member of the London Critics Circle, serving on its awards committee, and has been a jury member of film festivals as far afield as Havana, Copenhagen and San Sebastian.

This event is taking place as part of the IFI Evening Course, South Facing (Tuesdays, October 7th – November 11th). Full course price: €65 (€60 concessions), including tea/coffee. Please book your place by calling Sharon Corrigan on 01 679 5744 or emailing (individual tickets for films on this Course are not available.)

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