Celebrated Chilean director Pablo Larraín offers a powerful follow up to his highly acclaimed Tony Manero with Post mortem. Larraín, a master of creating atmosphere, again transports us to 1970s Chile and the territory of Pinochet’s dictatorship, while frequent collaborator Alfredo Castro delivers another commanding portrayal of a deeply disturbing character. But this time, Larraín finds an undeniably unique perspective from which to observe history. The film takes place during one of the most tragically iconic moments in 20th-century Latin American history: the CIA-backed coup d’etat that overthrew the government of Salvador Allende, Chile’s democratically elected socialist president. However, the narrative instead focuses on Mario, a civil servant—he types autopsy reports for the city morgue—who is so obsessed with Nancy, his alcoholic, anorexic neighbor, that he seems oblivious to the world that is violently changing around him. Inspired by the death of Allende and the fall of his government, talented young auteur Larraín spins the tale of a sad love affair that tries to approximate what can never be completely understood: the death of a dream.
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Students with valid ID receive complimentary admission to Latin Wave films on Sunday, May 1 only.