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ScreenTalk: Director Alvaro Delgado Aparicio on Retablo

A man covers a small child's eyes
28 Jul 2020
33 min watch

Director Alvaro Delgado Aparicio joins Barbican curator Alex Davidson to discuss his BAFTA-nominated film, Retablo

Segundo is a young apprentice learning how to make retablos – hand-made story-boxes depicting personal scenes – under the supervision of his adored father. One day, Segundo discovers that his father has been unfaithful to his wife with other men. In a community defined by traditional values, Segundo decides to keep this revelation a secret, even as it threatens to tear his world apart.

Alvaro Delgado Aparicio’s beautiful, powerful drama features excellent performances, especially from Junior Bejar as the conflicted teen, struggling with complex emotions in the oppressive environment of an isolated village where male intimacy and vulnerability are held in contempt.

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