17th February 2006

 

CINE LATINO REACHES CRISIS POINT

 

Not many films make you laugh and cry but this week’s Cine Latino offering is a comedy-drama which deals with tragic events in an amusing yet sympathetic way.

 

‘El Hijo de la Novia’ (Son of the Bride) centres on Rafael Belvedere, a restaurant owner, who at the age of 42 is having a crisis.

 

He's troubled by unreliable suppliers, unsympathetic bank managers, a difficult ex-wife, an alienated young daughter, a young lover who seems to have other things on her mind and a restaurant chain that's trying to buy him out.

 

Worst of all, his mother has Alzheimer's and his father, who loves his wife as if nothing had happened to her, wants to give her a full-scale church wedding to make up for the civil ceremony he'd insisted on 44 years before.

 

At his lowest point, a minor heart attack reunites him with a childhood friend who helps Rafael to reconstruct his past and look at the present in new ways. 

 

The film is directed and co-scripted by Juan José Campanella, a filmmaker who divides his time between the United States and his native Argentina.

In a review which appeared in ‘The Observer’ on Sunday May 25th 2003, Philip French says: “The veterans Héctor Alterio and Norma Aleandro are magnificent as Rafael's parents, and there's a lovely turn by Eduardo Blanco, a Roberto Benigni lookalike, as Rafael's boyhood friend, a minor movie actor. The wonderful climactic sequence elicits laughter and tears and carefully skirts sentimentality.”

‘El Hijo de la Novia’ will be shown at 7pm on Monday 20th February in the Jackson Lecture Theatre in the main academic building at the Brayford Pool campus of the University of Lincoln.

 

All are welcome and admission is free.

 

Films screened in the Cine Latino series are in Spanish or Portuguese with English subtitles.

 

For more information contact:

Kate Strawson, Press Officer

(01522) 886244

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