Nicolás Pereda’s extraordinary films intertwine documentary and narrative to portray everyday life in Mexico. In his first Chicago appearance, Pereda presents two recent works, each a suggestive fable of labor and leisure. The Palace (2013) follows an enigmatic household of women and young girls who train each other to become housekeepers. The puzzle-like chamber piece Minotaur (2015) focuses on a trio of young adults as they read, sleep, and commune in the soft light of a Mexico City apartment. In Spanish with English subtitles.
2013–15, Mexico, DCP, ca 91 min + discussion
Nicolás Pereda in person
Presented in collaboration with the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, which presents Pereda’s 2010 feature Summer of Goliath on Friday, October 28.
Nicolás Pereda (b. Mexico City) is a filmmaker whose work explores the everyday through fractured and elliptical narratives using fiction and documentary. He has been the subject of more than 20 major surveys worldwide, including at the Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge; Jeonju International Film Festival, Seoul; and TIFF Cinematheque, Toronto, among others. His films have premiered at major international film festivals including Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Locarno, and Toronto, and his work has been exhibited in the Reina Sofía, Madrid; the National Museum of Modern Art, Paris; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; and MoMA, New York. In 2010 he received the Premio Orizzonti Award at the Venice Film Festival. He is the Director of the Filmmaking Program, a new BFA program at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Jersey.