Films will be shown in McVitty Auditorium, Sprowls Hall,
at 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. All showings are free. Films will be in their original
language, with English subtitles.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Set against the backdrop of Argentina’s military regime of
the 1980s, Diego Lerman’s engrossing and beautifully acted exploration of the
totalitarian urge opens with a portrait of María Teresa, a lonely and
deeply repressed assistant teacher at an elite Buenos Aires private
school. Obedient and willing, she accepts unquestioningly the school’s rigid
code of conduct and proud identification with the nation state. But her head
professor’s words about the “cancer of subversion” and need for total
surveillance soon feed an unhealthy obsession with one of her students, leading
to an ensuing spiral of degradation and breakdown in discipline that parallels
a popular rebellion beyond the school’s ivy-covered walls.