Entre Marx y una Mujer desnuda (Between Marx and a naked Woman) (1996)

AUG 15

Entre Marx y una Mujer desnuda (Between Marx and a naked Woman) (1996)

The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and the Embassy of Ecuador present the second film in a series of film adaptations of  Ecuadorian literature directed by film-maker Camilo Luzuriaga:

Entre Marx y una Mujer desnuda (Between Marx and a naked Woman) (1996)

6:30pm Thursday 15 August
Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 2, ANU

Between Marx and a Naked Woman is the adaptation of a novel written by Ecuadorian Poet, Jorge Enrique Adoum. The scenes of this film insert us into Ecuador in the sixties, when the electoral struggle, convoked by the military government for a new return to democracy, is in full force. Galvez’s left-wing party must elect its candidate, but he is shoved to one side because of the criticism of the party’s political leadership. While his struggle becomes bitter, he must withstand the frustration of not being able to offer full love to Margaramaría, another party member.

These situations intertwine with the story of an author, another leftist believer, platonically enamoured of Rosana, a character in the book he is writing. The film combines realistic scenes with sensual dreams and outlandish episodes, until the author is overcome by his intense emotional context and admits, in a private dialogue with Karl Marx, that he is unable to tell the truth from fiction.

About the book:
Between Marx and a Naked Woman was the first novel written by Jorge Enrique Adoum, which awarded him recognition amongst the most prominent storytellers in Latin America. Director Camilo Luzuriaga, plays with different narrative levels, resulting in a film that is reminiscent of Latin American magical realism.

About the Director:
Camilo Luzuriaga was born in Loja, Ecuador, in 1953. Films directed by Camilo include, “1809-1810 Mientras llega el día” (1809-1810 As the day Arrives), released in 2004, “Cross or Face,” released in 2003, “Entre Marx y una Mujer desnuda (Between Marx and a naked Woman), released in 1996, and “La Tigra” (The Tigress) released in 1990, winning the prize for best film at the Cartagena Film Festival.

Winner of several awards, including the “National Arts Award Juan León Mera” in 2006, “Hispanic Heritage Award” Festival of Miami in 2005, the Coral Award for Best Art Direction at the Havana Film Festival 1996 , Best Screenplay and Best Original Score at the Festival of Trieste in 1996, best film at the Latin American Film Festival 1990 Cartagena, Best Cinematography and Best Soundtrack at the Bogota Film Festival 1990, Best Educational Film in the Film Festival Latinoamericano de La Habana, 1984, second prize at the International Film Festival of Indigenous Peoples in Rio de Janeiro in 1984, first prize in children’s film festival in Tampere-Finland In 1982, second prize at the Ecuadorian Film Festival 1981and first prize in super-8 in the National Short Film Competition 1977.

The showing of the film (90 minutes) will be followed by light food and beverages through the kind support of the Embassy of Ecuador.

The film is in Spanish with English subtitles.  Admission is free. No RSVP required.

This movie is recommended for viewers 18 years and over.