Pablo Neruda is living peaceably in Isla Negra, a seacoast village in Chile, and enjoying his daily interactions with the local townspeople. Since his mail is always loaded down with letters from all over the world, Neruda gets to know his postman very well — and the two develop a father-son type relationship. When the postman, Mario Jiménez falls in love with Beatriz, he becomes so tongue-tied he is just hopeless. In desperation, he asks Neruda for help in expressing his feelings, and the kind poet generously „loans“ him verses from his love poems to help win over the captivating Beatriz.
A strong international cast is set against a Portuguese backdrop to explore the mysterious death of a young archaeologist and his last known contacts. Somewhere along the Portuguese coast, a man’s body washes ashore. Meanwhile, police detective Pinto finds a video camera in a nearby parked car with a tape of a young woman apparently unaware of being filmed. Like in one of Rivette’s films this work is an intellectual ball game in which the balls are lifted but also dropped. The ending? There are many truths! Beautiful pictures (camera: Christian Berger) and intellectual pleasure.
In Valdivia the coldest and most rainy time of the year has arrived. Three men who do not understand what they see are the protagonists of ILUSIONES ÓPTICAS. One is an executive officer in a big company and is all of a sudden sent to a training camp for the unemployed. A blind skier regains his eyesight and gets scared of what he sees. And a security guard in a shopping center falls in love with a thief.
Regie: Cristian Jimenez
105 min, 35mm, Farbe, OF mit engl. UT
Before leaving for her studies abroad, Vita promises her mother never to sing. According to a family legend, any woman who sings will die. In Paris, Vita meets the musician Pierre. She falls in love and starts singing. Pierre talks her into making a record. Vita, who fears that her mother might learn about her breach of promise, decides to go home. Helped by Pierre, she stages her own death and resurrection, showing us that everything is possible if we dare… «What to do when someone keeps you from going forward? You have to dare!» In order to tell the story of a land coming out of a civil war forgotten in Europe, the audacious director chose the lightest form: a musical. «Nha fala means all at once my voice, my fate, my life and my path. These four words, bearers of hope, often turn into dramatic uncertainties for the young people of an immense continent: Africa at the dawn of the 21st century. I have wanted to marry these words while focusing on the apparently most futile, the least indispensable of the four: the voice, the song, the verb mixed to music, which is both form and meaning… For me singing has always been a symbol of freedom.» (Flora Gomes)