Following the success and international recognition of The Milk of Sorrow and Undertow, October is yet another marker of a very exciting, creative time for Peruvian cinema. Brothers Daniel and Diego Vega austerely frame this absurd and charming tale of two misfits who come together around a rather strange circumstance. Clemente, a taciturn, lower-middle-class money lender, has his world turned upside down when a prostitute he frequented leaves a baby in a basket at his door. But for neighbor Sofia, this baby may be exactly what she has been praying for—if only she can convince Clemente. Staged during Lima’s magnificent procession of Our Lord of Miracles—a Catholic festivity surrounding a venerated mural of Jesus Christ—October is an enchanting fable that speaks to the poverty and richness of the human soul with gentle humor and tender grace. This film recently won the Best Director prize at the Cartagena Film Festival and will also be shown atthe 2011 New Directors/New Films series at New York’s Lincoln Center.
Students with valid ID receive complimentary admission to Latin Wave films on Sunday, May 1 only.