Todo en fin, el silencio lo ocupaba

7 November, 2016 - 21:00

A collaboration by Cinematek, Courtisane, Embassy of Mexico in Belgium, VDFC, Universiteit Antwerpen and Nederlandse Filmacademie Amsterdam School of the arts supported by Instituto Cervantes Brussels.

Todo en fin, el silencio lo ocupaba (All Things Were Now Overtaken by Silence)

Nicolás Pereda

Pereda’s background in video installation is clearly revealed in this, his most formally radical work – a meticulously staged reading of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz´s classic poem, Primer sueño, with celebrated Mexican actress and director, Jesusa Rodríguez portraying the legendary writer reciting her spellbinding poetry in various strikingly theatrical poses. Shot in high contrast black and white during the filming of an educational television program about Sor Juana, All Things Were Now Overtaken by Silence reinvents the original film from the margins. Devoting equal time to the production of the film itself as the poetry, All Things… transforms the struggle of Pereda and his crew to find the ideal shadow and camera angle into abstract and mesmerizing drama.