TFF Cinematheque: "Almar," 1/8/18

Cinematheque is a collaboration between the Telluride Film Festival and Telluride’s Wilkinson Public Library. From Luis Buñuel to Guillermo del Toro, from magical realism to documentary, the latest, four-part Cinematheque series explores the landscape of Mexican Cinema and the profound impact it has had on the world of film. Programmed by the Telluride Film Festival, the screening on Monday, January 8, 6 p.m. features ALAMAR (TO THE SEA, 2009, 73 min.), from director Pedro González-Rubio.

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Natan lives with his mother in Italy for most of the year, but spends time with his father each summer in an elevated cottage near the shore where he participates in the family fishing operation with his dad. They fish by day and sit by the fire beneath the stars at night. A simple, idyllic life teaches the boy important lessons about the importance and beauty of living in harmony with the natural world around him.

A luminous semi-documentary film that plays on the border of reality and fiction,” wrote the New York Times, “Natan Machado Palombini, a young boy, goes on an enchanted expedition with his father to the Banco Chinchorro, the largest coral reef in Mexico. The bonding of the son and his father, Jorge Machado, a lean, mustachioed Mexican fisherman who will return Natan to his Italian mother at the end of the trip, portrays a tender, ritualistic passing of knowledge, experience and love from one generation to the next.”

 

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