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‪Ilusiones Opticas

Optical Illusions

 

‪A film by Cristián Jiménez

‪2009, Chile, Comedy/Drama, 105 min.

‪Starring: Iván Álvarez de Araya, Gregory Cohen, Eduardo Paxeco, Paola Lattus, Álvaro Rudolphy, Valentina Vargas

 

‪In Spanish with English subtitles‬

‪Wednesday, Feb. 27, 8 pm – FREE‬

‪Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC)‬

‪600 River St. [Map] – Tel: 512-974-3772‬

 

“a strikingly promising feature debut” – Neil Young, TRIBUNE MAGAZINE

“a delightfully observed comic drama” – Jonathan Holland, VARIETY

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Screens as part of the series “A decade of comedy in Latin American cinema” [Read more]

 

‪The life of a group of characters goes on amid labor routines, truncated dreams, desires and sentimental disappointments. Juan is a blind man who has recently recovered his eyesight through surgery, but he may prefer to continue being blind. Manuela is a young woman disappointed with her body and her lack of luck with men, and wonders if plastic surgery would change her situation. Rafa just landed a job as a security guard at a shopping mall, but he feels overqualified for the job. David is a methodical man, an atheist in spite of his Jewish heritage, who is unable to accept his destiny. Rita is a classist and kleptomaniac who lives separated from her husband and likes to dominate everyone. Gonzalo is an executive who is a fervent believer that an ad campaign will change the destiny of the corporation he works at. The lives of these characters is permeated by the corporate culture of VidaSur, the company that was born after the privatization of the state health system, and they will intertwine in a world where nothing is what it seems.

 

La vida de un grupo de personajes transcurre entre rutinas laborales, sueños truncados, deseos y decepciones amorosas. Juan es un hombre ciego que ha recuperado la vista gracias a una operación, pero tal vez prefiera seguir siendo ciego. Manuela es una joven mujer decepcionada de su cuerpo y de su falta de suerte con los hombres, y se pregunta si una cirugía estética mejorará su situación. Rafa acaba de conseguir un empleo como guardia en un centro comercial pero se siente sobrecapacitado para el trabajo. David es un hombre metódico, ateo a pesar de su asendencia judía, y que no consigue aceptar su destino. Rita es una mujer clasista y cleptómana que se ha separado de su marido y que gusta de dominar a los demás. Gonzalo es un ejecutivo que cree fervientemente que una campaña publicitaria cambiará el destino de la compañía para la que trabaja. El mundo de estos personajes está permeado por la cultura corporativa de VidaSur, la empresa que nació tras la privatización del sistema de salud estatal, y sus vidas se entrelazarán en un mundo en el que nada es lo que parece.

 

About the director

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Christian Jimenez’s debut film Optical Illusions (2009) premiered at San Sebastian 2009 and screened in Japan, France, Sweden, Lithuania, India, Italy, Venezuela, Brazil, Poland, the United States, Australia, and Germany. His second feature, Bonsai (2011). won the Grand Jury Prize at the Miami Film Festival and a FIPRESCI Prize at the Havana Film Festival. Most currently, he served as script consultant for Stefan v/s Kramer (2012) and Expecting (2011).

 

Filmography

2011 - Bonsai
2009 - Ilusiones ópticas

 

Ilusiones Opticas

Optical Illusions

2009, Chile/France/Portugal, Comedy/Drama
105 min. 35mm. Color

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Cast‬

Iván Álvarez de Araya – Juan
Gregory Cohen – David
Eduardo Paxeco – Rafa
Paola Lattus – Manuela
Álvaro Rudolphy – Gonzalo
Valentina Vargas – Rita
Carla Bolito – Estefanía
Samuel González – Samuel
Andrés Waas – Cirujano Psicólogo
Carla Chambel – Anita
Paulina Eguiluz – Diana
Dusan Gasic – Gonzalito
Cristóbal Briceño – Carrasco
Hugo Medina – Don Justo
Ángel Lattus – Benítez
Cristián Celis – Guatón

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Credits

Directed by Cristián Jiménez
Written by Cristián Jiménez, Alicia Scherson
Executive Producers: Bruno Bettati, Ignacio Eyzaguirre, J.J. Harting, Miguel Ángel Labarca, Béraud Valentine, Andrés Waissbluth
Producers: Cyriac Auriol, Bruno Bettati, Pandora da Cunha Telles, Ignacio Eyzaguirre, J.J. Harting, Andrés Waissbluth
Cinematographer: Inti Briones
Editors: Galut Alarcón, Isabela Monteiro de Castro
Original Music: Cristóbal Briceño
Casting Director: Soledad Gaspar
Art Director: Sebastián Muñoz
Costume Designer: Carola Espina
Make Up: Carola Lizana
Production Companies: Filmes de Fundo, Fondo Ibermedia, Jirafa, Les Films du Requin, Retaguardia Films, Roos Film

 

An Ondamax Release

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