MEXICAN MOVIE NIGHT SERIES
The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans
cordially invites you to
the screening of the movie
By director Eduardo Villanueva
Friday May 8th, 2015
Starting at 6:00pm
at the Art Gallery of the Consulate of mexico
901 Convention Center Blvd. Suite 118, New Orleans, LA 70130
Synopsis for Penumbra:
A rural Mexican couple, poor and decades past their prime carry about their ritualistic, day-to-day lives awaiting the inevitable, in this pensive film from Mexican director Eduardo Villanueva.. The man, Adelelmo Jimenez, whose face tells stories that his words never do, goes on hunting trips into the woods, setting traps for wild animals and gathering medicinal plants. Meanwhile, his wife, Dolores, tends to their provincial home, washing dishes and preparing whatever meal she can make with what Adelelmo brings home, all the while mourning the death of her son, who was stabbed to death while trying to cross into the U.S.
Like the films of fellow Mexican auteur Carlos Regadas, Penumbra appreciates stillness and likes to linger, oftentimes at length on beautiful imagery. Shot almost exclusively during the magic-hour, right before the sun settles into night (the title means “partially shadowed”), the film examines the quiet twilight of a one couple’s life and finds the beauty in that transitional period from life to death.
MEXICAN DIRECTOR EDUARDO VILLANUEVA