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MBC Interactive Archive Project - Highlights of World Cinema - ARAYA by Margot Benacerraf, with LIVE music mixed by Gabó

  • 30 Jan 2020
  • 7:00 PM - 8:55 PM
  • O Cinema South Beach at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave, South Beach
  • 52


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THU JAN 30, 7p:

60th Anniversary of the Cannes Award Winner!


A cinematographic narration by MARGOT BENACERRAF/1959/1hr, 30mins.

ARAYA restoration poster, #MBCarchive

The restoration of Margot Benacerraf's brilliant film Araya is a landmark in cinema history. The film was hailed as a masterpiece of poetic cinema and a forerunner of feminist Latina cinema on it's re-release by Milestone.

The peninsula of Araya in northeastern Venezuela, is one of the most arid places on earth. For five hundred years, since its discovery by the Spanish, the region’s salt has been exploited manually. A 17th-century fortress built to protect against pirate raids stands as a reminder of the days when salt was worth almost as much as gold and great fortunes were made. Benacerraf captures the life of the salineros and their back-breaking work in breathtaking images. Three family stories underline the harsh life of this region — all of which vanished with the arrival of industrial exploitation.

Araya was originally compared to Flaherty’s Man of Aran, Visconti’s La Terra Trema (1947) and Rossellini’s India (1957). Margot Benacerraf has described the film as “a cinematic narration based on script writing rather than a spontaneous action...the opposite of Italian neorealism.” The film is of such lasting beauty that Jean Renoir told Benacerraf after seeing the film:

“Above all … don’t cut a single image!”

WINNER: Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival

(Tied with Hiroshima Mon Amour)


-Richard Brody, New Yorker Magazine


The MBC Interactive Archive exhibition: 1960s

is currently on display! (before and after shows)



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