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Summer of Goliath (Verano de Goliat) (Mexico/Canada/Netherlands, 2010)

Summer of Goliath (2010)
August 12, 2011 - 7:30 pm
Nicolás Pereda.

Directed by Nicolás Pereda

In his most recent film, director Nicolás Pereda layers incidents and interviews, fiction and non-fiction into a spellbinding portrait of a rural Mexican town. Teresa grapples with depression after her husband leaves her; her son, just returned from the army, succumbs to boredom and violence; and a local girl’s death is blamed on a boy, nicknamed “Goliath.” Throughout, tensions personal and political roil the heavy summer air.

Producer/Screenwriter/Editor: Nicolás Pereda. Cinematographer: Alejandro Coronado. Cast: Teresa Sánchez, Gabino Rodríguez, Juana Rodríguez, Harold Torres, Oscar Saavedra Miranda. 

35mm, color, 76 min.

Preceded by

Interview with the Earth (Entrevista con la tierra) (Mexico, 2009)

Directed by Nicolás Pereda

A young boy’s accidental death leads his grief stricken mother to seek solace in an indigenous ritual while an off camera interviewer questions the boy’s two friends, witnesses to the fall that killed him. Caught in this short’s quiet, compelling rhythm and the earnest performances of director Nicolás Pereda’s non-professional cast, one easily loses track of how to read the images on screen as either fact or fiction before the usual categories give way to different ways of knowing.

Producer: Nicolás Pereda, Sebastián Hiriart. Screenwriter/Editor: N. Pereda. Cinematographer: Sebastián Hiriart. Cast: Amalio Miranda, Nico Miranda, Eufracia Miranda. 

HDCam, color, 18 min.