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I Dream in Another Language (Sueño en otro idioma)
Directed by Ernesto Contreras
100 min | 2017 | Mexico/Netherlands | Not Rated
Presented in Spanish with English subtitles.
In Ernesto Contreras’ fascinating I Dream in Another Language, which won the World Cinema Audience Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Martín (Fernando Álvarez Rebeil), a young linguist, travels to a remote village in Mexico to meet and record the remaining speakers of an ancient, indigenous language called Zikril. After a woman’s death two men, Evaristo (Eligio Meléndez) and Isauro (José Manuel Poncelis), are the last speakers of the language. Once best friends, the two haven’t spoken to each other in 50 years. Their falling-out has become the subject of local lore in the village: It’s said that Evaristo and Isauro both fell in love with the same woman.
After unsuccessfully trying to reconcile them, Martín seeks the help of Evaristo’s beautiful granddaughter, Lluvia. By seducing Isauro with a brand-new television, Martín manages to record a conversation between the two men to document Zikril and decipher their past.
Through a series of flashbacks, I Dream in Another Language reveals the truth behind Evaristo and Isauro’s silence—a forbidden love story. Their first conversation in decades is nerve wracking and awkward, but as Martín’s recording sessions continue, their animosity slowly fades away. Evaristo and Isauro could make amends, but the secret that haunts their past may prove too overwhelming.
— Nancy Rivera
Winner: World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award–2017 Sundance Film Festival