The award-winning Contreras brothers—director Ernesto and writer Carlos—have teamed up again to bring us their most ambitious film yet. Set in a small jungle settlement in Mexico’s Veracruz province, I Dream in Another Language begins with a young linguist, Martín, and his research with the last three surviving speakers of the Indigenous language Zikril. Martín quickly discovers that communication between two of the three language holders, Isauro and Evaristo, has been severed by a fifty-year feud. This seeming irreconcilable feud gradually gives way to a long-lost love story.
Winner of the 2017 Audience Choice Award at Sundance, much of the film’s success lies in its ability to blend a compelling romantic drama with the captivating magical realism that frequently hallmarks Latin American cinema. But at the crux of this story is its portrayal of the loss of Indigenous languages; as director Ernesto Contreras said in a feature Sundance interview, “When you lose a language, you lose a culture, a worldview, knowledge.”
Since its big win at Sundance, I Dream in Another Language has gone on to garner audience choice awards at film festivals in Guadalajara, Minneapolis, and Maitland, Florida.
I Dream in Another Language (Sueño en otro idioma) | Ernesto Contreras | Mexico | 2017 | 103 min | Spanish with English subtitles
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