The Academy of Muses
A university professor teaches a class on muses in art and literature as a means of romancing his female students in this breathtaking new film from Jose Luis Guerín, director of the widely heralded In the City of Sylvia . Part relationship drama, part intellectual discourse, the film centers on a philology professor — played by actual philology professor Raffaele Pinto — and the women surrounding him: his wife and students. But as each and every player engages in debates — concerning, among other things, art, the artist’s perspective, and male-female dynamics — Guerín focuses as much attention on the slippery boundary between documentary and fiction, in turn engaging with an evolving narrative, increasingly complex character dynamics, and an endlessly vivid emotional journey.
"Taking place primarily in the lecture theater and inside his car, with frequent interludes of him and his wife talking at home, this consistently amusing, frequently stimulating, and occasionally erotic work manages to weave sincere gestures of romantic longing, as well as questions of love as an intellectual concept, into what appears to be a nonfiction fabric." Michael Pattison, The House Next Door.
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Jose Luis Guerin
Country of Origin: Spain
Running Time: 92 mins
Cast: Rosa Delor, Emanuela Forgetta, Patricia Gil
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