Cine latino at the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival

504831957_640Meurtre à Pacot [Murder in Pacot]
(Raoul Peck, Haiti, 2014, 130 mins)

The author of the revealing documentary Fatal Assistance (2013) delivers a powerful new installment of his exploration of the 2010 Haiti earthquake aftermath. This daunting new narrative film by director Raoul Peck zooms in on a microscopic world composed by a French NGO worker, his Haitian concubine, and a well-to-do couple who has lost everything. They inhabit a house in ruins and smell the stink of dead bodies. “This is the first time that rich and poor share places, they’re lying on the ground,” says one of the characters in the film. A clean hyper realistic aesthetic dissects the emotional claustrophobia felt by archetypical characters trapped in what resembles an ancient Greek tragedy. Pascal Bonitzer, screenwriter for directors like Raoul Ruiz and Jacques Rivette, co wrote the script. Peck’s impressive filmography includes The Man on the Shore (1993), Lumumba (2000) and Moloch Tropical (2009).

Sunday, April 26, 8:45 p.m., Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
Saturday, May 2, 8:00 p.m., Pacific Film Archive
Tuesday, May 5, 6:15 p.m., Sundance Kabuki Cinemas

The San Francisco International Film Festival runs through May 7, 2015. For tickets and showtimes visit festival.sffs.org

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