Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives


Free movie: La demora

7:00pm CDT September 12, 2013

F.W. Olin Building, room 105

Please join us for the Spanish film festival called Cinematic Scars / La cicatriz del cine.The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pragda, and the Embassy of Spain in Washington DC, Spain-USA Foundation. Special thanks to the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain.

Maria lives with her three school-age children and her 80-year-old father, Agustin. It’s clearly a struggle for her to make ends meet and to juggle all of her commitments. Agustin has periods of lucidity, but his mental deterioration is such that Maria explores the possibility of his either living with another relative or moving into some kind of care facility. When both options are found wanting, Maria makes a drastic decision.

Selected as Uruguay’s entry for the 2013 Academy Awards, Rodrigo Plá’s narrative accuracy involves audiences in this simple story with no false notes. Far from the notion of dysfunctional family American cinema has transformed into a tight system of clichés, The Delay moves far beyond the realm of black and white, employing a subtle sense of shading throughout to muddy the waters again and again underlining what becomes the film’s central theme: the intense, painful ambivalence of family responsibility.

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