The Snail’s Strategy

Institute History

  • 1994 Sundance Film Festival


With excellent performances from an ensemble including the best Colombian actors. Sergio Cabrera's new film is an amusing story with villains and heroes., fights and love that takes us through classic storytelling terrain. A group of tenants who share an old house in Bogota fear impending eviction when the owner tries to reclaim the building This colorful and diverse assemblage, including a thief, a transvestite, a priest, a lawyer and a communist manage to avoid the problem temporarily by legal tricks. When the Judge orders final and definitive action. Jacinto, an old, exiled Spanish anarchist and stagehand suggests a clever alternative: the strategy of the snail, which will allow them to keep the house and preserve their dignity. Using a series of pulleys and levers, the tenants dismantle the building until only the facade remains.

This unique narrative, with its subtle doses of magical realism and deep understanding of human souls. won major awards at both the Valladolid and Biarritl festivals this year.

Monday Jan 24 3:00 pm
Prospector Square Theatre

Friday Jan 28 10:20 am
Holiday Village Cinema II


— Patricia Cardoso

Screening Details

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