Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Screening of Penumbra at the Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans

May 8th, 2015
6 PM

Location
Art Gallery of the Consulate of Mexico
901 Convention Center Blvd. Suite 118

The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans is pleased to present a screening of the film Penumbra on Friday May 8 at 6 PM as part of their Mexican Movie Night Series.

Penumbra descriptions:
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.

The screening is free and open to the public. For more information visit the consulate website.

Mexico + People
Thomas F. Reese
SCLAS Executive Director. Professor - Art History