I Dream In Another Language

Mexico | 2017 | 100 minutes | Ernesto Contreras

Told with striking sound design and a hint of magical realism, this picturesque fable travels with an ambitious linguist to the jungles of Mexico, where he hopes to save a dying indigenous language by reuniting its last two living speakers who haven’t spoken in 50 years. 

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Determined to record and preserve Mexico's dying indigenous languages, idealistic linguistics student Martin (Fernando Alvarez Rebeil) journeys deep into the jungles of Veracruz in order to record the two remaining speakers of Zikril, elders Isauro (Jose Manuel Poncelis, Herod's Law) and Jacinta (Monica Miguel). But when Jacinta dies and Martin discovers the existence of another native speaker, cantankerous and standoffish Evaristo (Eligio Melendez), the young linguist quickly realizes that convincing Evaristo to share his knowledge will not be easy: The two elders share a devastating secret that has kept them apart for 50 years. Working with Evaristo's beautiful granddaughter Lluvia (Fatima Molina), Martin slowly unravels a decades-old mystery, leading to unexpected revelations in a race to save a dying way of life in this lush epic. Working from a script co-written by his brother Carlos, the newest film from director Ernesto Contreras (The Obscure Spring, Blue Eyelids) is a gripping multigenerational love story set in the twilight of a hidden culture. Gorgeously filmed by D.P. Tonatiuh Martinez, I Dream in Another Language is not only an impassioned plea to save the world's vanishing dialects but a masterful exploration of the language of the heart.

Director Biography

Ernesto Contreras has received worldwide recognition for his various projects, including his 2007 drama Blue Eyelids and his 2010 documentary Seguir Siendo: Cafe Tacvba. Contreras also serves as writer and director for the television series "Heroes Cotidianos."

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  • Original Language Title: Sueno en Otro Idioma
  • Director: Ernesto Contreras
  • Principal Cast: Fernando Álvarez Rebeil, Eligio Meléndez, Monica Miguel, José Manuel Poncelis, Fátima Molina
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Mexico
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 100 minutes
  • Producer: Luis Albores, Erika Avila, Monica Lozano, Eamon O'Farrill
  • Screenplay: Carlos Contreras
  • Cinematographers: Tonatiuh Martinez
  • Editors: Jorge Macaya
  • Music: Andres Sanchez
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Sundance 2017 (Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic), FICG 2017 (Best Performances (Leads))
  • Filmography: The Obscure Spring (2014); Seguir siendo: Cafe Tacvba (2010); Blue Eyelids (2007)
  • Language: Spanish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Film Rise
  • International Sales: Mundial