2008, Heddy Honigmann, Peru/Netherlands, 93 min.
- Sat, Nov 12th 8:00pm
- Tue, Nov 15th 6:00pm
"OBLIVION throws its net across a considerable range of human behavior and bittersweet survival stories, and the result is a wise and beautiful documentary." — Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
Returning to her Lima birthplace, Netherlands-based documentarian Honigmann (THE UNDERGROUND ORCHESTRA) engages the overlooked underclass citizens she encounters in bars and in the streets. OBLIVION makes for strong comparison with THE PEARL BUTTON as a film essay that evaluates an entire nation’s present in relationship to its past. While the city only appears as a shimmering specter for Guzmán in a film like NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT (2010), Honigmann is on the ground in Lima, face to face with the underclass whose labor, both official and informal, permeates life in the capital. We will reprise our discussion of film as a bearer of national memory, juxtaposing it with quite different approaches to recent Peruvian history like Claudia Llosa’s MILK OF SORROW (2009). In Spanish with English subtitles. 35mm. (Daniel R. Quiles)
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15: Lecture by Daniel R. Quiles, Associate Professor of Art History, Theory & Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
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