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New Meeting: Noche de película

From: Vikki B.
Sent on: Friday, May 16, 2008 12:51 AM
Announcing a new meeting for The Summit County Spanish Language Meetup Group!

What: Noche de pel?cula

When: Thursday, June 19, 7:00 PM

Meeting fee: USD8.00 per person

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Who should come: This is for anyone who would love to see Spanish-language films from around the world.

Why: This was absolutely one of the best films I have seen this year!

Meeting Description: XXY showtime at 7:20PM


Directed by Luc?a Puenzo
Running time: 89 minutes

Here's a return engagement for one of the very best films from this year's Cleveland Int'l Film Festival. It's a brooding, atmospheric drama set in a remote, windswept Uruguayan coastal town, about two sexually confused teenagers (a girl and a boy) attracted to each other, and about their respective fathers (a marine biologist and a plastic surgeon) who deal with their children's sexuality in radically different ways. Saturated with water (which seems to represent the fluidity of gender and sexual orientation), this very original movie is a coming-of-age classic! Subtitles. 35mm. 86 min.

The XXY condition, the term used to describe males with an extra X chromosome, is one of the most commonly found chromosome abnormalities in humans about one in every 500 males have this condition, but many do not show any symptoms. The XXY condition can sometimes be a painful and self-questioning conundrum, as in the case of Alex, who is a hermaphrodite. She has been raised as a girl since birth, but is now, at puberty, being made to choose her sex by her parents. She is forced into considering the removal of her penis when her parents invite a plastic surgeon to their home to discuss her future. But the potential operation is not the only complication for Alex, she strikes up a friendship with the plastic surgeon's teenage son, ?lvaro who it seems is as confused about sex and sexuality as is Alex. As we watch Alex and ?lvaro discover their true selves, we find that their parents are more confused and fearful of the truth than the teenagers. The parent's prejudices and beliefs on what is right and natural unknowingly hurt the children more than they could possibly know. The only non-judgmental viewpoint comes from the filmmaker herself who allows the story to unreel openly and gracefully, which opens the door to tolerance and understanding. (In Spanish with English subtitles)

On September 27, 2007, XXY was chosen to represent Argentina at the Oscars, for the Best Foreign Language Film category. In a rare sweep, it was also chosen to represent Argentina at Spain's Goya Awards, for Best Foreign Film in Spanish. The tradition has been for two separate films to be sent to one of the awards each.

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