The Chicago International Film Festival is very excited to welcome the director of Facing the Wind, Meritxell Colell Aparicio. The film begins when choreographer Mónica returns to the small Spanish village where she was born to visit her father on his deathbed. Arriving too late, she is left to help her grieving mother sell the family home and to confront her own feelings of loss and remorse. Movement and dance give powerful emotion to newcomer Aparicio’s elegant drama about coming to terms with the past and pressing on. The film is in both the New Director’s Competition and Spotlight: Women in Cinema.
Facing the Wind
In a review with CineEuropa, reporter Alfonso Rivera noted the importance of dance and bodily communication as a dialogue between the actress and the audience. “The fact that the movie’s protagonist is a dancer who holds Pina Bausch in particularly high esteem means that some of the dance scenes turn out to be fairly telling of her state of mind. This form of bodily communication, whether liberating or tense, gradually reveals the evolution of the lead character, a woman who still has scores to settle with her family after she somehow cut ties with them, which is not wholly unexpected given the distance separating them.” (CineEuropa)
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Facing the Wind screens Thursday, October 18 @ 6:00pm with director in person and also screens on Wednesday, October 17 @ 8:00pm with no filmmaker in attendance. Both screenings are at AMC River East (322 E. Illinois).