Tuesday lecture series! Film Series : No Borders: Contemporary Latin American Cinema

The Official Story

La historia oficial

1984, Luis Puenzo, Argentina, 112 min. With Norma Aleandro, Héctor Alterio.

Show Times

  • Tue, Sep 13th 6:00pm

"Cogently written and beautifully acted, THE OFFICIAL STORY takes us to the place where politics meets the human heart." — Walter Goodman, The New York Times

An Argentine woman's growing political awareness leads her to question the provenance of her adopted daughter. Like EL NORTE, THE OFFICIAL STORY uses melodrama to frame an urgent political topic: the torture and disappearances of “subversives” and the adoption of their children into military families under the Argentine dictatorship (1976-83). While its evocative use of interiors and the gradual “awakening” of its female lead draws on the nation’s history of studio cinema as well as Leopoldo Torre Nilsson’s underappreciated “Gothic trilogy” (1957-61), Puenzo’s real antecedents are militant films of the late 1960s and 1970s like THE HOUR OF THE FURNACES (1968). THE OFFICIAL STORY revised Third Cinema’s agenda--for national and international audiences--in the moment of Argentina’s transition to democracy. Winner of the Cannes Best Actress Award and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In Spanish and English with English subtitles. Archival 35mm print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive. (Daniel R. Quiles)

Please note: This trailer does not have English subtitles. Our screenings of the film will be subtitled in English.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13: Lecture by Daniel R. Quiles, Associate Professor of Art History, Theory & Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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