International Film Festival
of
Panama

APRIL 11-17, 2013

The Dream of Lu

Productor: 
Sachiko Uzeta
Hari Sama
Screenplay: 
Hari Sama
Photography: 
Emiliano Villanueva
Edition: 
Hari Sama
Mario Sandoval
Music: 
Dario González Valderrama
Cast: 
Ursula Pruneda
Gerardo Trejoluna
María del Carmen Farías
María Deschamps
Moisés Arizmendi
Emilio Echevarría

Hari Sama

Hari Sama studied film at Mexico City’s Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica y composición musical en el Centro de Investigación y Estudios de la Música. He has directed three award-winning short films. His feature films are Sin ton ni Sonia (2003) and The Dream of Lu (2012).

 

Original title: 
El sueño de Lú
Director: 
Hari Sama
Country: 
Mexico
Year: 
2011
Subtitles: 
Inglés
Duration: 
106 Min.

Screenings

Venue Day and Time
Cinépolis Multiplaza Sala 8 April 12 8:15 pm
Cinépolis Multiplaza Sala 8 April 14 10:45 pm
Synopsis: 

For Lucía (Úrsula Pruneda), the most striking thing about the outside world is how little it changed while she was inside. Lucía was institutionalized less than a year in total, yet during the past year her world ended. How can everything possibly look the same?

The Dream of Lu stays very close to its heroine, the camera frequently holding on her stony features or adopting her point of view. Exuding the utmost tenderness and patience, Hari Sama’s second feature is a deeply compassionate examination of what is for most viewers an unimaginable loss. Lucía’s boy has died. He was not yet six. Lucía was a classical guitarist, but more importantly she was a great mother—motherhood came to define her. What is she to do now?

Told in three parts—mirroring the movements of a composition written for Lucía—much of The Dream of Lu is about overcoming inertia, yet the film itself never feels static. Sama shapes this very personal story so as to emphasize the complex process of acceptance and the reluctant acknowledgment of life’s simple beauty: the sounds of everyday activity in Mexico City, or the music made by whales in the Sea of Cortez, where Lucía makes a fateful journey with an old friend. The Dream of Lu offers a vivid portrayal of the pain, but also the consolation, of saying goodbye.