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I Dream in Another Language (Sueno en Otro Idioma)

Part of the World Perspectives Strand

Ernesto Contreras

  • 12A

  • 100 mins

  • 2017

  • Mexico

  • Spanish

Fernando Álvarez Rebeil, Manuel Poncelis, Eligio Meléndez, Fátima Molina

  • Director of Photography: Tonatiuh Martínez

  • Editor: Jorge Macaya

  • Produced by: Mónica Lozano, Luis Albores, Érika Ávila, Eamon O’Farrill, Dijana Olcay-Hot, Raymond van der Kaaij

  • Music: Andrés Sánchez

  • Screenplay by: Carlos Contreras

  • Production Designer: Bárbara Enríquez

  • Sound Production: Enrique Greiner

Director Bio

Ernesto Contreras

Director Bio

Ernesto Contreras is a graduate from the Centre for Studies in Communication Sciences and later from the University Centre for Cinematographic Studies of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He has directed four feature films, winning national and international acknowledgments. His first feature, Blue Eyelids, was nominated for the Caméra d’Or at the 60th Cannes Film Festival.


When linguistics expert Martín travels to a remote village in Mexico to study the ancient, near-dead language of Zikril, he learns that the only two remaining native speakers, Don Isauro and Don Evaristo, have not spoken to each other in many years. As Martin pushes for a reconciliation and his bond with Evaristo’s granddaughter deepens, the painful story behind the rift emerges. This is languorous, engaging cinema with lush cinematography and a poetic underpinning that never veers into sentimentality.

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