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Chicago European Union Film Festival 2018
Chicago premiere!

Strangers on the Earth

2016, Tristan Cook, Spain/USA, 97 min.

Show Times

  • Sat, Mar 17th 3:30pm
  • Mon, Mar 19th 6:00pm

"Marvelous film...unpredictable and reflective." - Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail

"Enlightening, poignant and even occasionally funny...the final moments, filmed in Finisterre - a place the ancient Celts considered the end of the world - are deeply moving." - Glenn Sumi, NOW Toronto

Several films (including Emilio Estevez's THE WAY) have been made about the Camino de Santiago, the 600-mile route across northern Spain that has attracted pilgrims since the Middle Ages. This documentary (whose title reminds us that the word "pilgrim" derives from the Latin for "stranger") is distinguished by its graceful interweaving of four different threads. The first is its stunning cinematography, which goes beyond picture-postcard prettiness to achieve true visual sublimity. The second is an informal Spanish-language narration that fills in the background of the Camino while avoiding academic dryness. The third is a mosaic of voiceover commentaries by the pilgrims themselves, their personal testimonies ranging from the irreverent (one complains about "Camino snobbism") to the enlightened. The fourth centers on the acclaimed young American cellist (and the film's co-producer) Dane Johansen, who combines the physical pilgrimage with a musical one, walking the Camino with his cello strapped to his back and performing Bach's "Six Suites for Solo Cello" at 36 churches along the route. In Spanish and English with English subtitles. Courtesy of First Run Features. DCP digital. (MR)

Saturday, March 17: Co-producer Chad Peterson is scheduled to be available for an informal discussion in our Gallery-Café directly following the screening.

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