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Chicago Premiere On selected Saturdays and Sundays, the Facets Cinémathèque proudly presents a monthly series featuring contemporary Latin American films. Curated by Cinema Tropical.
DIAS DE SANTIAGO
"Pietro Sibille is exceptional as Santiago, and the rest of the cast turn in dynamic performances." -New York Post
"Josue Mendez's blistering debut feature invites comparison to Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver...but it nevertheless stands on its own chilling merits...the film's greatest asset is Sibille's slow-burning performance Santiago" -TV Guide
"Though convincingly set in the lower depths of Lima, the story embodies a universal truth about the experience of former soldiers in many times and places." -Variety
Selected by over seventy film festivals worldwide and winning no less than a dozen prestigious awards, Josué Méndez's extraordinary debut explores the tragic impossibility of a war veteran to re-integrate into civilian life. 23-year old Santiago (Pietro Sibille, in a "volcanic performance," Variety) returns home, weary from years of jungle fighting, searching for hope. But his native Lima has become a less than welcoming place. Unable to get a job or credit, or afford an education, misunderstood by his family, wife and friends whom he finds decadent and distant, Santiago's estrangement from an increasingly hostile and chaotic world deepens, as his anger and frustration rise. Through a powerful and original style of narration, Mendéz vividly examines the effects of war upon those who carry it out. While the suppressed rage of Sibille's Santiago Roman may recall DeNiro's Travis Bickle, Sibille manages to push the envelope, eliciting sympathy for a complex character that walks the line between chilling hostility and great humanity.
Directed by Josué Méndez, Perú, 2004, 35mm, 83 mins. In Spanish with English subtitles.