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A tribute to Fernando Solanas


Hellenic American Union Theater

Screening of the film The South by Argentine director Fernando Solanas 

The event  celebrates the work of this important Argentine director, one year after his death from coronavirus.

In the film The South (Sur, 1988), a former political prisoner wanders through Buenos Aires, after the fall of the junta in 1983. He is confronted by memories of the past and the ghosts of old friends who are gone. With this feature film, Solanas won the Cannes Film Festival's Best Director Award in 1988.

The film is screened with Greek subtitles.

Fernando Solanas was born in 1936 and was a director, screenwriter, and politician. In 1968, together with Octavio Getino, he secretly shot the documentary La Hora de los Hornos, a blistering account of neo-colonialism and violence in Argentina. In 1972, he made the film Los Hijos de Fierro, a film that was banned in Argentina during the junta. With the restoration of democracy in 1983, Solanas returned to the country. In 1988, he won the Cannes Film Award for Best Director for the film The South. He was elected to the Senate from 2013 to 2019, at which time he was appointed to serveas a UNESCO Ambassador. He died in Paris on November 6th, 2020.

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