Floreal is released from prison prior to the end of a military coup d'état in 1983. Coming home he discovers that his wife has cheated on him and so is not sure he wants to return to his former life and family. A friend called El-Negro, who was killed during the miliary coup in the streets of Buenos Aires, appears in the night with a special mission: to help Floreal face what has happened when he was serving time in prison. El-Negro helps him to live through the important events that happened in his absence. El-Negro helps him get past his anger, understanding how hard it was to endure such a difficult time and how the military coup had crushed people's lives. When El-Negro finally tells him he must return, Floreal realizes he must be strong and, like his coup-stricken country, pick up and go on with his life.

Original Title Sur
German Title Süden
French Title Le Sud
Other Titles Sur - South
Directed by Fernando Solanas
Country Argentina
Available Formats 35mm, DVD, Blu-ray, DCP
Screenplay Fernando E. Solanas
Film Editing Juan Carlos Macías, Pablo Mari
Soundtrack Astor Piazolla, R. Goyeneche, Fernando E. Solanas
Cinematography Félix Monti
Sound Aníbal Libenson
Décors Fernando E. Solanas
Production Fernando E. Solanas
Runtime 117 Min.
Language Spanisch/d/f
Actors
Susú Pecoraro Rosi Echegoyen
Miguel Ángel Solá Floreal Echgoyen
Philippe Léotard Roberto
Lito Cruz El Negro
Ulises Dumont Emilio
Roberto Goyeneche Amado
Gabriela Toscano Blondi
Mario Lozano Echegoyen
Nathán Pinzón Rasatti
Antonio Ameijeiras Peregrino

«Argentinien 1983: Die Generäle haben abgedankt, nach fünfjähriger Haft wird der Arbeiter Floreal entlassen. Er irrt durch die Nacht, da er nicht zu seiner Frau zurückkehren möchte, von der er sich betrogen fühlt. Ein Toter gesellt sich zu ihm, lässt die Vergangenheit noch einmal auferstehen und ruft ihm die Notwendigkeit des Verzeihens und Weiterlebens ins Gedächtnis. In ausdrucksstarken Bildern komponierter, mit wehmütig-begehrlicher Tango-Musik unterlegter, poetisch verdichteter Film, der die Sehnsucht nach Freiheit und Glück bildhaft macht und sich für die Überwindung gesellschaftlicher und privater Hindernisse ausspricht.»
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«Mein Film ist der Triumph des Verlangens, des Willens, der Triumph des Lebens über den Tod. Der ganze Film ist eine Ballade, eine ‹Reise›, vom Tod zum Leben, von der Nacht zum Tag, von der Trennung zur Begegnung, von der Diktatur zur Demokratie. Für mein Leben war die Rückkehr in mein Land die Rückkehr zur Liebe.»
Fernando Solanas

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