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La Libertad (2001)

A film by Argentine filmmaker Lisandro Alonso

Sunday, July 11, 2010
7:00 PM
Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Blvd.,
(corner of Wilshire & Westwood Blvds.)
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Director Lisandro Alonso's debut film revolves around one day in the life of migrant logger Saavedra, who works in the Argentine Pampas. With its documentary feel and Saavedra playing himself, the film magnifies the burdens and liberation of hard labor to become an allegorical portrait. Screened in the Un Certain Regard section of 2001 Cannes Film Festival, La Libertad helped to herald the arrival of the Argentine New Wave.


About the filmmaker:
Argentine filmmaker Lisandro Alonso combines the formal techniques of fiction and documentary cinema to create his meditative, mysteriously atmospheric films. Each of his four films to date—La Libertad (2001), Los Muertos (2004), Fantasma (2006) and Liverpool (2008)—closely follow the quotidian movements of a solitary man to signify a larger journey or inner quest. The nonprofessional actors’ seemingly prosaic activities—cutting wood, journeying home, searching for a theater—become powerful allegories when set against vast landscapes, dreamlike sequences, cinematic manipulations and soundtrack music. Alonso’s formally rigorous, minimalist works are utterly unique in contemporary Latin American cinema. The UCLA Film & Television Archive is pleased to welcome Alonso to the Billy Wilder Theater on Friday, July 2 to kick-off this complete retrospective of his work.

TICKET INFO: Advance tickets are available for $10 at Tickets are also available at the Billy Wilder Theater box office starting one hour before showtime: $9, general admission; $8, students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members with ID.

35mm, color. La Libertad is in Spanish and will be presented without English subtitles, although the film has minimal dialogue. PARKING: At the Billy Wilder Theater: after 6 p.m., $3 in the lot under the Billy Wilder Theater. Enter from Westwood Blvd., just north of Wilshire. Before 6 p.m., $3 for the first three hours with Museum validation.

Cost : Advance tickets are available for $10 at

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