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Summer of Goliath

Nicolás Pereda
Verano de Goliat
Mexico, Canada, Netherlands 2010 / 76’

Summer of Goliath is the shocking story of a world where committing violence comes more easily than reading and writing. The camera follows Teresa, a mature woman abandoned by her husband, a metaphor for the entire Mexican community, small-town resident fight for survival surrounded by poverty and want of prospects. They cannot talk to each other, but crave emotion and warmth more than anything else.

Each person I have presented carries grief, says the director. All around them they see broken families, soldiers who terrorise passers-by, unexplained deaths of innocent people. It is in this difficult world that I tried to find sensitivity and gentleness.

Pereda combines fiction with documentary in an interesting way. A part of the story is a paradocumentary that follows characters as if observing them through a keyhole. These fragments interweave with touching interviews with the characters. Summer of Goliath is social cinema that does not lose sight of the most subtle feelings.

Krzysztof Kwiatkowski


Venice IFF 2010 – Best Film in Orizzonti, Valdivia IFF 2010 – Best Film

Nicolás Pereda

Born in 1982 in Mexico City. He holds a Master of Arts in film directing from York University (Canada). He has made videos for several interdisciplinary plays, operas and dance pieces that have been performed in Mexico and Europe. His films have screened in some of the most prestigious film festivals including Cannes, Venice, Rotterdam, Oberhausen, Vienna, and Edinburgh. He was given his first retrospective at the age of 27 by Cine las Americas in Austin, Texas in March of 2010. Summer of Goliath is his fifth feature length film.


2007 Dónde están sus historias? / Where Are Their Stories?

2009 Perpetuum Mobile

2009 Entrevista con la tierra / Interview with Earth (short)

2009 Juntos

2010 Todo, en fin, el silencio lo ocupaba / All Things Were Now Overtaken by Silence (doc.)

2010 Lato Goliata / Verano de Goliat / Summer of Goliath

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Cast & Crew

director Nicolás Pereda
screenplay Nicolás Pereda
cinematography Alejandro Coronado
editing Nicolás Pereda
cast Gabino Rodríguez, Teresa Sanchez, Oscar Zaavedra Miranda, Harold Torres
producer Andrés Castañeda, Nicolás Pereda
production En Chinga Films, Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía (IMCINE), Santas Producciones
sales FiGa Films
language Spanish
colouration colour