BFI to release Víctor Erice’s ‘El Sur’ (The South) in a Dual Format Edition on 23 January, 2017

El Sur (The South)

A Film By Víctor Erice

Release Date: 23 January 2017

 Heralded by Pedro Almodóvar as “one of the best films in Spanish cinema history“, Víctor Erice’s follow-up to his acclaimed debut, The Spirit of the Beehive (1973) – and a Palme d’or contender at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival – will now be released in a much anticipated Dual Format Edition Blu-ray + DVD set courtesy of BFI; the first of three BFI home entertainment releases for 23 January 2017.


Recalling her youth in northern Spain during the 1950s, Estrella revisits her relationship with her beloved father Agustín, who was raised in the south, and realises how little she knew of him and his secrets.

Víctor Erice’s delicate and mysterious film reveals his abiding fascination with memory and loss, missed opportunities and the links between private dreams and political realities.

The performances, like the meticulously lit compositions and the evocative soundtrack, are superb throughout; Omero Antonutti is a charismatic Agustín, while Sonsoles Aranguren and Icíar Bollaín shine, as respectively, the young and teenaged Estella.

Although less well-known than Erice’s The Spirit of the Beehive, El Sur is exquisitely beautiful and profoundly moving.

Special Features:

  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Haunted Memory: The cinema of Víctor Erice (Adrian Martin, Cristina Álvarez López, 2016, 13mins): a video essay celebrating the great Spanish director
  • Víctor Erice interviewed by Geoff Andrew (UK, 2003, 83mins, audio only)
  • Theatrical re-release trailer (2016)
  • Fully illustrated booklet featuring essays by Geoff Andrew and Mar Diestro-Dópido and full film credits

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