UK Premiere: El Cine Soy Yo

classified 15 S

Restored & Rediscovered


Sun 28 July 13:45

Cinema 1, Watershed

Luis Armando Roche
Juliet Berto, Domingo Del Castillo, Freddy Galavís, Asdrúbal Meléndez, Alvaro Roche.
94 mins, Subtitled, 1977, Venezuela
Primary language

After being a peddler, street photographer, radio announcer, policeman, and mechanic, Jacinto (Asdrúbal Melendez) decides to become a film projectionist. He aspires to bring cinema experiences to the people of Venezuela.

To get away from the big city, this Jack of all trades decides to transform a truck into a travelling cinema shaped like a whale. Manuel (Alvaro Roche), a brave eleven-year-old orphan offers his help and becomes part of Jacinto’s trip. Juliet (Juliet Berto), a mysterious French woman also looking for adventure, joins them in this cinematic journey to the end of the world...

El Cine Soy Yo, also known also as The Moving Picture Man is a Venezuelan/French film released in 1977, directed by the prolific film director and writer Luis Armando Roche (1938 - 2021) with Juliet Berto, Asdrúbal Meléndez and Alvaro Roche. It is one of the most representative films of Venezuelan cinema and a celebration of the power of cinema in the most unimaginable circumstances.

The new 4K restoration was undertaken from the negative in 35mm by Bolivar Films in Caracas, the same laboratory which carried out the original development of the prints during the post-production in the 70s. With thanks to Bolivar Films and Marie-Françoise Barré de Roche.

Presented by curator Lorena Pino as part of Other Ways of Seeing, supported by BFI awarding funds from National Lottery.

With an introduction by Lorena Pino, film curator and promoter of Latin American film culture.

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