104985_A3_Poster_StoriesFromEcuador2015_Final.inddTIME AND PLACE:

Thur – Sunday

Check Showing Times

Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way

London,

W1T 5DL

Entry: FREE

For ticket reservations email: storiesfromecuador2015@gmail.com

www.storiesfromecuador.co.uk

The Embassy of Ecuador presents the fourth “Stories from Ecuador” series of free film screenings from 8th-11th October 2015 in London

 

A punk ballad from Ecuador’s disenchanted youth, the insights of a Swedish explorer in Ecuador at the beginning of the 20th century, teen trauma and a coming out, a father and son’s road trip on the Central American highways, as well as Ecuador’s 2014 Oscar candidate for Best Foreign Film, and Mark Donne’s controversial Brit doc about the 22- year old battle between a community of indigenous people and an American oil corporation accused of pollution in Ecuador, make up some of the tales featured in the fourth edition of “Stories from Ecuador a series of free screenings of award-winning films from Ecuador taking place 8th-11th October at the Bolivar Hall in London.

The short film The Afectados will precede each screening.

 

All films will be screened in Spanish with English subtitles

 

Silence in Dreamland (Silencio en la tierra de los sueños) Tito Molina, 2013, 94 min

Thursday 8th October, 7 pm

Ecuadorian submission for the 2014 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film

 

After the death of her husband, silence and loneliness reign in this old lady’s house. She makes routine her best friend and faith her shelter. Only in her dreams does she run away from those four walls to a timeless magic land where the sea speaks without using words. Her days go by like this, between real life and dreams, until a street dog comes to her door.

 

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=As-bbK-Y2Iw

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No Autumn, No Spring (Sin Otono, Sin Primavera) Ivan Mora Manzano, 2012, 116 min.

 

Friday 9th October, 7 pm

No Autumn, No Spring is a portrait of Guayaquil’s erratic, disenchanted middle class youth and their hedonistic pursuit of happiness. It’s a punk ballad told by the point of views of nine characters. Three stories of love, loss and rock n’ roll.

 

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UPz8GrWj00

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Blomberg’s Secret (El secreto de la luz)

Rafael Barriga – Mayfe Ortega, 2014, 52 min

Saturday 10th October, 5.30 pm

20th century Ecuador is narrated through the works of the Swedish explorer Rolf Blomberg: his books and films, his pictures and drawings are the archive materials used to compose this documentary. Blomberg arrived to Ecuador in 1934 to study the Galapagos Islands but fate brought him back many times until he made Quito his headquarters. He explored Ecuador like few others and created a complex and exiting work that allows us to reconstruct a particular portrait of the country.

 

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/102269630

 <iframe src=”https://player.vimeo.com/video/102269630″ width=”500″ height=”281″ frameborder=”0″ webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/102269630″>Trailer El secreto de la luz</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user27080219″>Desde la farmacia</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>

Eighty-seven (Ochentaysiete) Anahí Hoeneisen – Daniel Andrade, 2015, 87 min

Saturday 10th October, 7.30 pm

Fifteen years have passed since the last time that Pablo, Andrés, Juan and Carolina were together. Their lives no longer revolve around the abandoned house in Quito, used as shelter for their teenage antics. It was 1987 when they embarked on the adventure of a “free” lifestyle that came to an abrupt end, changing everyone and everything forever. What seems at first only a mere reunion of old buddies slowly becomes an attempt to reset life with the broken pieces of a previous one.

 

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2goovf6Fo0

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The Route of the Moon (La ruta de la luna) Juan Sebastian Jacome <http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1531958/?ref_=tt_ov_dr> , 2012, 80 min.

Sunday 11th October, 5.30 pm

When Tito, an albino loner, decides to travel one thousand kilometres through the verdant Central American highways that connect Panama and Costa Rica are in order to compete in a bowling tournament; his stubborn father insists in coming along and supporting his son for the first time in decades. The road will remind them of the reasons why they have been disconnected from each other for so many years.

 

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZHgJH09Y0g 

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Holiday (Feriado) Diego Araujo, 2014, 82 min

Sunday 11th October, 7 pm

During the carnival holiday, sixteen-year-old Juan Pablo travels to his family’s country house in the Andes, where his uncle -a corrupt banker involved in the 1999 bank crisis scandal- is taking refuge with his wife and kids. Juan Pablo meets Juano, an intriguing young boy from a town nearby with whom he will discover a different and liberating world. While his family and his country are in crisis, his friendship turns into a fragile romance. Juan Pablo will have to take a path of his own.

 

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQZ0_VJ86X0

The Afectados (Los afectados), Mark Donne, UK, 2015, 12 min.

News:

The Guardian:

Chevron hits out at British documentary on oil pollution in Ecuador <http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/17/chevron-hits-out-at-british-documentary-on-oil-pollution-in-ecuador>  

PR Newswire:

The Afectados: New Short Documentary Starring Julie Christie Highlights Chronic Amazon Pollution as Oil Giant Chevron Fights $9.5 Billion Fine <http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-afectados-new-short-documentary-starring-julie-christie-highlights-chronic-amazon-pollution-as-oil-giant-chevron-fights-95-billion-fine-506928591.html>

The Afectados is an artist documentary from UK director Mark Donne journeying to the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon to meet victims of colossal Chevron-Texaco pollution. Hollywood icon Julie Christie poignantly narrates Pablo Neruda’s “United Fruit Co” poem to a spellbinding field recorded sound score from Oscar nominated Banksy collaborator James Carey Connell and Babyshambles’ Drew McConnell.