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    Ilusiones Opticas/Optical Illusions

    Presented by at Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center.

    February 27, 2013


    Ilusiones Opticas/Optical Illusions

    Screens as part of the series “A decade of comedy in Latin American cinema,” co-presented by the Freestyle Language Center.

    A film by Cristián Jiménez

    2009, Chile, Comedy/Drama, 105 min.

    Starring: Iván Álvarez de Araya, Gregory Cohen, Eduardo Paxeco, Paola Lattus, Álvaro Rudolphy, Valentina Vargas

    In Spanish with English subtitles

    The life of a group of characters goes on amid labor routines, truncated dreams, desires and sentimental disappointments. Juan is a blind man who has recently recovered his eyesight through surgery, but he may prefer to continue being blind. Manuela is a young woman disappointed with her body and her lack of luck with men, and wonders if plastic surgery would change her situation. Rafa just landed a job as a security guard at a shopping mall, but he feels overqualified for the job. David is a methodical man, an atheist in spite of his Jewish heritage, who is unable to accept his destiny. Rita is a classist and kleptomaniac who lives separated from her husband and likes to dominate everyone. Gonzalo is an executive who is a fervent believer that an ad campaign will change the destiny of the corporation he works at. The lives of these characters is permeated by the corporate culture of VidaSur, the company that was born after the privatization of the state health system, and they will intertwine in a world where nothing is what it seems.

    La vida de un grupo de personajes transcurre entre rutinas laborales, sueños truncados, deseos y decepciones amorosas. Juan es un hombre ciego que ha recuperado la vista gracias a una operación, pero tal vez prefiera seguir siendo ciego. Manuela es una joven mujer decepcionada de su cuerpo y de su falta de suerte con los hombres, y se pregunta si una cirugía estética mejorará su situación. Rafa acaba de conseguir un empleo como guardia en un centro comercial pero se siente sobrecapacitado para el trabajo. David es un hombre metódico, ateo a pesar de su asendencia judía, y que no consigue aceptar su destino. Rita es una mujer clasista y cleptómana que se ha separado de su marido y que gusta de dominar a los demás. Gonzalo es un ejecutivo que cree fervientemente que una campaña publicitaria cambiará el destino de la compañía para la que trabaja. El mundo de estos personajes está permeado por la cultura corporativa de VidaSur, la empresa que nació tras la privatización del sistema de salud estatal, y sus vidas se entrelazarán en un mundo en el que nada es lo que parece.

    Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center.

    600 River Street
    Austin, TX 78701

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    Free and open to the public!

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    8:00 pm

    Phone: (512) 974-3772


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