Un Traductor


Monday, Nov. 5 at 6:35pm
Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 9:05pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

In the wake of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Malin (Rodrigo Santoro), a Russian-literature professor at the University of Havana, is sent to translate between Cuban doctors and children sent from the U.S.S.R. for medical treatment. Torn from the abstract world of academia and forced into the relentlessly real world of medicine, Malin becomes increasingly depressed, but he soon connects with the kids. Just as he adapts to his new job, the Berlin Wall falls and Cuba enters the deepest economic crisis the island has ever known. Malin is now so entrenched in the lives of the “Chernobyl Children,” however, that he doesn’t notice the suffering of his own young family. Film Threat writes: “Santoro’s extraordinary portrayal of Malin’s vulnerability, frustration, and empathy draws viewers in. We sympathize with him despite his familial transgressions. Each Russian child’s plight is captivating and harrowing. The Barriuso brothers succeed in creating a film that is equally heartbreaking and inspiring.”

107 min.
Russian & Spanish

Directed by

Sebastián Barriuso & Rodrigo Barriuso



Film Category

Interfaith Competition International Spotlight Spanish-Language Focus


Death and Dying Environment Health


Historical Drama

Sponsored by

Delcia Corlew