Yesterday Never Ends
Director Isabel Coixet scheduled to attend | June 1 & June 2
In the vein of Alfonso Cuaron's dystopic masterpiece, Children of Men, legendary Spanish auteur Isabel Coixet (Elegy, The Secret Life of Words) visits a near future Barcelona ravished by a devastating financial crisis. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
|June 1, 2013||5:30 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown||Date has passed|
|June 2, 2013||12:00 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown||Date has passed|
It's the near future in Spain, but there are no flying cars, nor is there an apocalyptic landscape—at least not yet. As Isabel Coixet's melancholy film opens in Barcelona, circa 2017, Western Europe is still mired in an economic crisis that has steadily gotten worse. Society itself teeters on the edge of collapse, but Coixet is interested only in showing how the economic calamity affects an estranged middle-aged couple, identified only as "J" and "C." After spending five years apart, they agree to meet at the grave of their dead son on the outskirts of Barcelona. The cemetery where he rests is about to be demolished and they are coming to say their final goodbyes, to their son and to each other. As they meet, however, they begin discussing how their lives have fractured since their son's death, with J (Javier Cámara) moving to Cologne, Germany, to find work and start an new family, while C (Candela Peña) staying behind in Spain to join violent protests against the economic policies. As their conversation continues, they reveal more about how their lives spun out of control over the past five years. This visually inventive, haunting look at Spain's near-future, based loosely on the play GIF, by Lot Vekemans, cleverly reduces the collapse of capitalism to the dissolution of a once-loving marriage in the wake of a tragedy. Yesterday Never Ends is a haunting, character-driven story about coping with loss, grief, and, finally, acceptance.
Isabel Coixet studied history at the University of Barcelona and worked as an advertising copywriter, eventually starting her own production agency. Creating TV ads nurtured a lifelong love of film, leading to her directorial debut with Too Old To Die Young (1988), earning her a Goya Award nomination for Best New Director. Other films include Things I Never Told You (1996), a co-directing credit for My Life WIthout Me (2003), the multiple-award-winning The Secret Life of Words (2006), and Elegy (2008).
Sponsored in part by Consulate General of Spain - San Francisco, Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain, Dragados USA, Honorary Consulate of Spain in Seattle, The Tourist Office of Spain, Aula Cervantes Seattle
|Principal Cast:||Javier Cámara, Candela Peña|
|Premiere Status:||North America|
|Running Time:||108 minutes|
|Producer:||Isabel Coixet, Adolfo Blanco|
|Music:||Alfonso de Vilallonga|
|Filmography:||Listening to the Judge (2011); Map of the Sounds of Tokyo (2009); The Secret Life of Words (2005); My Life Without Me (2003); Those Who Love (1998); Things I Never Told You (1996)|