As part of Cinema Day we present Los Olvidados. Given carte blanche after directing the popular comedy El Gran Calavera, the great Luis Buñuel turned to the Mexico City slums for his next project.
This devastating social-realist tract—spiced throughout with a few imaginative surrealist touches—focuses on a group of young hoodlums who prowl the ghetto with animal determination. They beat up a blind musician, punch an amputee, and the vicious leader of their gang, Jaibo, rules over all with an iron fist. But then Jaibo’s ambivalent right-hand boy, Pedro, rebels, and things go from very bad to much, much worse.
The film is unflinching in its presentation of these outcasts’ grim existence, and hypercritical of the surrounding society that would toss them onto the trash heap.
This event is part of Cinema Day, an initiative by Film Hub NI to celebrate cinema and film across Northern Ireland. All details can be found at www.filmhubni.org