…And Suddenly the Dawn (...y de pronto el amanecer)
Dir. Silvio Caiozzi, 2017 | 195 mins
Pancho Veloso, an old writer of celebrity articles, returns to his hometown of Chilean Patagonia after more than 40 years of having fled. When trying to write “salable” stories about this area known as “the end of the world,” he will be confronted by his own past, as well as his nation’s recent and painful history. Pancho will have to rethink his life. This stunning, sprawling, epic existential drama from a master filmmaker chronicles personal and political history in Chile, and is a magnificent vision of a complex life lived to the fullest. This film was Chile’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, and it captured the Grand Prize of the Americas at the 2017 World Film Festival in Montreal. The LAFF has presented Silvio Caiozzi’s 2004 film, Cachimba, as part of the 2007 edition. We are happy to welcome his work back to Ottawa.
We are also honoured to welcome the filmmaker, Silvio Caiozzi, who will attend the screening to introduce and discuss his film. A reception with the filmmaker will follow the screening.
Spanish with English subtitles.
“There is a literary depth and complexity to the script. Symbols are carefully set up and run throughout as echoes, while the dramatic and emotional throughlines connecting the time periods are dutifully attended to; the film rarely falls victim to the crime of implausibility.”