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Special Screening of Nicolas Pareda’s Films at TIFF

Greatest Hits, All Lights Film Magazine

 

Greatest Hits’ session of TIFF will screen Nicolas Pareda’s films for public as part of the retrospective ‘Where Are the Films of Nicolas Pereda?’. Pareda’s latest feature film will be screened at TIFF Bell Light Box today morning 10.00 am.

In Pereda's latest feature and his most daring yet, Gabino Rodríguez stars as a young man who sells pirated CDs and lives with his mother, played (once again) by Teresa Sánchez. When Gabino's father returns home after a long absence, the two men awkwardly attempt to re-establish a relationship; but Gabino and his mother quickly tire of this man who has become a stranger to them and decide to kick him out, before realizing that he has already left.

Gabino eventually tracks his father down and spends time with him in his rundown apartment, trying to figure out if there is any possibility for the two of them to ever truly communicate. Though Greatest Hits continues Pereda's exploration of his perennial themes of absence, masculinity and the difficulty of maintaining a family, it opens up a whole new set of aesthetic questions through a bold formal gambit: halfway through, the entire narrative reboots and starts from scratch with another actor playing one of the key characters, leading to different iterations of events already witnessed.

 

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