June 19, 7 PM 

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

1120 South Lamar Blvd. [Map]

 

Co-presented by Austin Film Society and Cine Las Americas as part of AFS' Essential Cinema Series "Cine Sur: Films of Latin America"


Costa Rican writer-director Hilda Hidalgo has seemingly unlocked the key to translating the cerebral sensuality of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's writing into film, providing one of the few screen adaptations worthy of the Colombian novelist's source material. - Andrew Barker, VARIETY


Program notes written by Chale Nafus, Programming Director of Austin Film Society. Read more

 

 

Del amor y otros demonios
Of Love and Other Demons

A film by Hilda Hidalgo

Based on the novel by Gabriel García Márquez

2009, Costa Rica/Colombia, Drama
95 min., 35mm, Color
In Spanish with English subtitles

 

A beautiful young girl with bewitching, copper-colored hair is thought to be diabolically possessed when she survives the bite of a rapid dog in a South American seaport where her parents are among a dissolute aristocracy. Raised by her Yoruba caretakers, 13-year-old Sierva María knows about herbs and chants but is no agent of Satan. Nonetheless, unaffected by the French Rationalist movement, the Catholic Church imprisons the girl in a convent where she will have the devil “removed.” Sent to be her confessor and exorcist, Father Cayetano, an occasional student of Rationalist philosophy, inevitably falls in love with the girl and tries to find a way to help her out of this dilemma created by an ignorant Church hierarchy. Costa Rican filmmaker Hilda Hidalgo has created a deliberately paced, formally beautiful recreation of an era and a mindset still beleaguered by demons and irrational explanations for phenomena.

 

En un puerto sudamericano, una hermosa y joven muchacha, dueña de una encantadora, larga y cobriza cabellera, es considerada como poseída después de sobrevivir al ataque de un perro rabioso. Hija de disolutos aristócratas, Sierva María ha sido criada por sirvientes Yorubas, por lo que tiene conocimiento de hierbas y cantos, pero no es un agente de demonio. Sin embargo, inmune al movimiento racionalista francés, la iglesia católica encierra a la muchacha en un convento en dónde el demonio le será "removido". Ahí es enviado el Padre Cayetano, estudioso ocasional de la filosofía racionalista, para servir como confesor de la muchacha. De forma inevitable, Cayetano se enamora de Sierva María e intenta encontrar la forma de ayudarla a escapar de su dilema creado por la ignorante jerarquía eclesiástica. La directora Hilda Hidalgo ha creado una obra de ritmo deliberado; una recreación formalmente hermosa de una era y una forma de pensar aun asediadas por demonios y explicaciones irracionales.

 

About the Director

Hilda-HidalgoBorn in 1971, Hilda Hidalgo is a Costa Rican screenwriter, director and film producer. She studied film at the International Film and Television School (EICTV) of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a filmmaker. When she graduated from high school Hilda actually wanted to be a poet, but since that wasn’t a career you can really major at, she ended up studying journalism and modern dance. Hidalgo also bought a camcorder and started filming everything around her, becoming fascinated with the possibility of going from admiring art to actually creating her own work. To her, films are the closest you can get to dreams and to documenting life at the same time. OF LOVE AND OTHER DEMONS is her first feature film.

 

Cast

Pablo Derqui – Cayetano Delaura
Eliza Triana – Sierva María
Jordi Dauder – Obispo
Joaquín Climent – Marqués
Margarita Rosa de Francisco – Marquesa
Damián Alcázar – Abrenuncio
Alina Lozano – Abadesa
Martha Lucía Leal – Sor Agueda
Carlota Llano – Martina
Linette Hernández – Caridad

 

Crew

Directed by Hilda Hidalgo
Writers: Gabriel García Márquez (Novel); Hilda Hidalgo (Adaptation)
Producers: Hilda Hidalgo, Laura Imperiale, Clara María Ochoa, Laura Pacheco, Jorge Sánchez.
Original Music: Fidel Gamboa
Editor: Mariana Rodríguez
Art Director: Juan Carlos Acevedo
Costume Designer: Adan Martínez

 

A KMT Global Films Release

 

June 19, 7 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

1120 South Lamar Blvd. [Map]

Co-presented by Austin Film Society and Cine Las Americas as part of AFS' Essential Cinema Series "Cine Sur: Films of Latin America"


Program notes written by Chale Nafus, Programming Director of Austin Film Society.
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