Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

The Enemy
(El Enemigo)

Year: 2008
Language: Spanish
Run Time: 82 minutes

The Enemy
The Enemy
The Enemy
The Enemy
The Enemy

A dramatic tour de force, THE ENEMY takes place during one anguished night in the lives of two very different people. Antonieta is the single mother of a juvenile delinquent who's just gotten himself into horrific trouble, maybe for the last time. Benigno is a well-heeled assistant district attorney worried sick about his own gravely injured daughter, a university student. The two of them are stranded together late at night in a bleakly-lit hospital corridor. As Antonieta waits for news of the boy who means the world to her, Benigno tries to gently extract information about her son's crimes. Through heart-rending flashbacks that lead up to the present, we realize how closely the stories of the slum dweller and the public official are intertwined. They represent the human faces of just two of the many harrowing existences in violent present-day Caracas. Actress Lourdes Valera is nothing short of astonishing as the grieving mother in denial of just how grim her life has become. (In Spanish with subtitles) – B.B.

CIFF34 Screenings

Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 9:15 AM

Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Luis Alberto Lamata

Luis Alberto Lamata

Luis Alberto Lamata studied history at the Central University of Venezuela and scriptwriting at the EICTV San Antonio de los Banos (Cuba). Since 1982 he has been directing, writing, and producing works for cinema and TV.

"Jerico" (1990), "Desnudo Con Naranjas" (1996), "La Primera Vez" (1997), "Miranda Regresa" (2007), THE ENEMY (2008)

Luisa De La Ville

Alejandro GarcĂ­a Wiedemann

Fermin Branger

Principal Cast
Lourdes Valera, Carlos Cruz, Daniela Alvarado, Dario Soto

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