REDCAT proudly presents the Los Angeles premiere of Ficción Privada, the latest work of Andrés Di Tella, one of the most prominent documentary filmmakers from Latin America. Over several days and nights, a young actor and a young actress read through the love letters of the filmmaker’s parents—Torcuato, from Argentina, and Kamala, born in India. The letters, written over decades, between the ’50s and the ’70s, record their travels and speak of love and idealism but also pain and broken dreams. Di Tella’s family affair weaves together one of his most intimate and personal stories, on the one hand an exploration of his parents’ epistolary relationship, while simultaneously excavating his own role as a film director.
In Ficción Privada [Private Fiction] intimacy is always fraught. Communication halts and frictions expand, yet the interrupted communication with the past offers sustenance. For Di Tella, revisiting his parents’ stories goes beyond intimacy; they recall a time when utopias seemed viable, or at least omnipresent.
Ela Bittencourt, Notebook
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