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Summer of Goliath (El verano de Goliat)

Directed by Nicolás Pereda with Teresa Sanchez, Gabino Rodríguez, Juana Rodríguez


2010, Mexico/Canada/Netherlands Described by Manohla Dargis of the New York Times as “a harrowing, visually strong look at the violence washing over contemporary Mexico,” Summer of Goliath blends fiction and documentary as it follows Teresa, who embarks on a mission to find out what happened to her suddenly departed husband. Instead of finding answers, Teresa’s quest becomes a journey through the streets and homes of the village’s corporeal landscape, generating encounters with people suffering the effects of lost loved ones, broken promises, disconnection and eternal longing.

Best Picture (Cine del Futuro Competition), Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Film; Best Film – Orizzonti Prize, Venice Film Festival. Official selection: Toronto International Film Festival; Viennale International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival.

Summer of Goliath feels like a collaboration between a filmmaker and his real-life subjects—in this case the rural Mexican community of Huliotepec, a place of sweltering natural beauty and oppressive poverty… Pereda offers oblique portraiture, introducing us to a cast of local characters—like the eponymous 16-year old boy who is suspected of murdering his girlfriend—and observing them as they interact with one another and their environment.” –Adam Nayman, The L Magazine

July inaugurates Festival Focus, an annual celebration of select international films, winners of awards and critical acclaim at major festivals in the previous year.  We hope you share our excitement in bringing to Boston the most talked about titles of 2010, many of which have also appeared on the “Best of 2010” polls of prominent film magazines such as Film Comment, Sight and Sound, and Cinema Scope. In a climate where distinctive cinematic visions fight to be heard over the hum of mainstream Hollywood, Festival Focus strives to support both the filmmakers at the vanguard of 21st century cinema and the audiences seeking out the new, the bold and the original.

Summer of Goliath

Summer of Goliath

Summer of Goliath

July 22 @ 7pm

Bright Family Screening Room



$10. $7.50 for Members & Seniors. $5 for Students.



Running Time:

76 minutes


Color, 35mm
Spanish with English subtitles