By Don Simpson | August 14, 2012
Strand Releasing will be releasing Bonsái on DVD in the United States on August 21, 2012. We first caught Bonsái at the 15th Annual Cine Las Americas Film Festival in Austin and it instantly became one of our favorite films of 2012. Luckily for you, Strand has asked Smells Like Screen Spirit to give away a few copies of the DVD to you, our loyal readership.
Director: Cristián Jiménez
Writers: Cristián Jiménez, Alejandro Zambra (novel)
Starring: Gabriela Arancibia, Cristóbal Briceño, Julio Carrasco, Nathalia Galgani, Trinidad González, Ingrid Isensee, Paola Lattus, Hugo Medina, Diego Noguera, Alicia Rodríguez, Andrés Waas
Writer-director Cristian Jimenez’s cinematic adaptation of Alejandro Zambra’s 90 page novella Bonsái reflects upon Proust’s seven volume Remembrance of Things Past to track a doomed love affair between Julio (Diego Noguera) and Emilia (Nathalia Galgani); doomed because their fates are sealed from the start, when the audience is informed by the narrator that Emilia will die and Julio will remain alive and alone. Bonsái‘s nonlinear narrative structure jumps back and forth between flashbacks to Julio’s college years in Valdivia and eight years later as he struggles to become a novelist in Santiago. (Also be sure to check out Don Simpson’s review of Bonsái.)
For your chance to win a Bonsái DVD, tell us (in the Comments section below) the title of your favorite Latin American film of 2012.
***Please note: We can only ship DVDs to Continental U.S. postal addresses.***
Winners will be picked at random on August 27, 2012. Good luck!!!