Naked with Oranges

Director: Luis Alberto Lamarta
Screenwriters: Laura Goldberg

Institute History

  • 1996 Sundance Film Festival


Naked with Oranges is set during the nineteenth century in the Caribbean and Venezuela. The federal war has lashed the country for decades. Now comes the beginning of the republic, the formation of a new nation. The heritage of the Spanish conquest—the mixture of Indian, Spanish, and black histories—is coming into its own. Naked with Oranges is an exciting new film by director Luis Alberto Lamata, a world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

A man and a woman meet in the war fields. Capitán is an Indian from the liberal army. She is a white woman from the aristocracy. She’s lost everything she had, even words. They are two people destroyed by the turmoil of war. Capitán comes across a strange magical object, the bilongo, a sort of lucky charm that grants success in gambling, but fills his days and nights with the restless fear of death. Naked with Oranges is the story a of man and a woman who try to love each other despite all the circumstances arrayed against love. Loosely based on a short story by Robert Louis Stevenson, Naked with Oranges is truly unique and beautiful, the type of film we rarely get to see anymore, especially in the United States.

— Patricia Cardoso-Reneau

Screening Details

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