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Donkeyote

Saturday, April 15, 2017
5:30 p.m.
SFMOMA

AT RUSH

Sunday, April 16, 2017
6:00 p.m.
BAMPFA

AT RUSH

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
4:00 p.m.
Roxie Theater

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Guests Expected

Director Chico Pereira expected at April 15 and April 16 screenings.

Description

Manolo leads a simple life on the rural outskirts of a town in southern Spain; more often than not, he sleeps in the open air, and spends his days roaming the countryside. His constant companions are his phlegmatic but lovable donkey, Gorrión (“Sparrow”); his excitable dog, Zafrana; and, at his daughter’s insistence, his cell phone. Now in his 70s, Manolo wants to embark on one last adventure: He plans to go to America and walk the 2,200-mile Trail of Tears, the path of the Cherokees’ 19th-century forced march west. And he aims to take Gorrión with him. The title pun fairly begs us to see Manolo’s quest as quixotic; certainly his family, not to mention travel agencies and embassies, think he’s tilting at a prize only he sees as winnable. But Donkeyote’s irony—and beauty—is that the viewer comes to see Manolo and his world on his terms, and often through Gorrión’s eyes. The understanding between man and animal has rarely been so intimately conveyed as it is through Julian Schwanitz’s stunning cinematography. —Judy Bloch

Filmmaker Bio(s)

A native of Almadén, Spain, Chico Pereira received his MFA from Screen Academy Scotland. After cutting his teeth on shorts, he made his feature debut with his Master’s thesis, the documentary Pablo’s Winter (2012). Of the genesis of Donkeyote he says, “Manolo has always been an inspiration to me. He is my uncle, and my godfather. When I was a child, he used to take me and other nephews to the countryside for ‘adventures,’ which basically consisted of the sight of wild animals, fantastic stories about the countryside, or mysterious trips into the unknown.”

Film Details
  • Country(ies): Spain/Germany/UK
  • Language(s): Spanish
  • Year: 2017
  • Running time: 86
  • Director(s): Chico Pereira
  • Producer(s): Ingmar Trost, Sonja Henrici
  • Cinematographer(s): Julian Schwanitz
  • Editor(s): Nick Gibbon

Print Source:
Scottish Doc Institute
78 West Port
EH1 2LE Edinburgh, Scotland
finlay@scottishdocinstitute.com
http://www.scottishdocinstitute.com