“Madeinusa” the film of one of the most awarded Peruvian directors of the last decade, will be released in the British capital on June 12. The film will be accompanied by the talk of an expert professor in Latin American cinema and culture.
There is a village in the Peruvian Andes called Manayaycuna, which in the Quechua language means “the town that no one can enter” or “the locked town.” The name is not very attractive for prospective visitors, but it does not matter since it is a fictional place.
Until Salvador, a young geologist from Lima, arrives during Easter and discovers a particular tradition of this lost place. According to this custom, during all holy time – that is, from 3 pm on Good Friday to 6 o’clock on Easter Sunday – nothing that happens in this place is considered a sin.
The justification for this particular custom is simple: during this period God is dead and can not see what happens on Earth.
Salvador meets Madeinusa here, a young daughter of the mayor, who plays the Virgin Mary in the town festival. They begin a relationship and after some time he unsuccessfully tries to lead her to Lima.
Spoken entirely in Spanish and Quechua, this is the plot of “Madeinusa”, the Peruvian film that was released in 2005, which has won awards at Sundance, Rotterdam, Cartagena, Havana and Mar del Plata and will be exhibited at the Peruvian embassy in London.
Mixing real and false customs, the film has the particularity of having an absolutely amateur cast. The production met Magaly Solier (Madeinusa) selling corn at the door of a church in the highlands, while Ubaldo Huaman (Salvador) contacted him for being a street comedian. Solier, in fact, had never seen a movie screen in her life before the movie’s premiere.
Written and directed by Claudia Llosa (niece of Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa and also daughter of filmmaker Luis Llosa), the producer who directed “La Teta Asustada” (The Milk of Sorrow) (2009), the film was an award-winner in Berlin and one of those nominated for an Oscar in 2010 for Best Foreign Film.
The exhibition of the film in London will be guided by Professor Stephen Hart, professor of Latin American cinema, literature and culture in London and author of a series of books on these subjects.
Date: Monday 12 June 2017, 7 pm. Location: The Peruvian Embassy in London, 52 Sloane Street, London SW1X 9SP. For more information: here
(Photos: Promotional photosl)