La Tigra (The Tigress) (1990)

AUG 08

La Tigra (The Tigress) (1990)

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

La Tigra (The Tigress) (1990)

6:30pm Thursday 8 August
Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 2, ANU

The Tigress is the adaptation of an Ecuadorian short novel written by José de la Cuadra, telling the story of the indomitable Francisca, known by all as La Tigra, and her orphan sisters. Masablanca, a witch doctor, predicts their future and tells them that the youngest sister, Sara must remain a virgin and live always by their side; otherwise, they will lose their land and livelihood due to the sins of the two elder sisters. Francisca and Juliana become rigorous guards of their little sister, but do not deny themselves; they drink to excess and share lovers. When an itinerant salesman, Don Clemente, falls in love with Sara, he asks police officers to intervene and reports that Francisca has abducted her youngest sister and refuses to allow them to marry.

About the book:
The Tigress was written during the “golden era” of Ecuadorian literature and is considered to be one of José de la Cuadra’s best short novels. The film, directed by Camilo Luzuriaga, is a strong, beautiful and evocative picture that captures the contradictions of the opposing forces of nature and civilization, and of femininity versus male-chauvinism control.

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 (80 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.