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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

La Ciudad Y Los Perros

Fortnight 1985, Feature film, 2h24


It is over twenty years since Mario Vargas Llosa published The City and the Dogs, yet, nevertheless, this vision of a desintegrated and multiple society, seething with violence and repression, is still horribly true of Peru. It might be a good enough reason to choose such a book, but there are others which are, perhaps, more immediate and personal. The characters, both contradictory and ambiguous, that move in the perversity of military ceremonials; the theme of the rise and fall of « heroes »; the cloistered world of a military academy in which are gathered together young men of different races, cultures and social classes. In my previous films I was concerned with characters to the detriment of the narrative. This time, the subject of Mario Vargas Llosa’s novel has allowed me to align these two elements: narration and characters. Lastly, the idea of a microcosm made up of Indians, white people, half-castes, and black people who struggle and survive in the midst of this near parody of a military structure, remains an allegory of the social strata of contemporary Peru. These are a few of the reasons why I adapted this novel to the screen. Francisco J. Lombardi


Francisco J. Lombardi

He was born in Peru. He was a film critic for several reviews. Since 1974, he directed around ten short films. From 1983 to 1984, he headed a filmakers association in Peru.

Alberto Isola
Eduardo Adrianzen
Gustavo Bueno
Juan Manuel Ochda
Liliana Navarro
Luis Alvarez
Pablo Serra

José Watanabe, d’après le roman de Mario Vargas Llosa

Phil Flores Guerra

Gianfranco Annichini, Augusto Tamayo San Roman

Enrique Iturriaga

Production : Producciones Inca Films, Lima, Pérou Vente à l’étranger : Producciones Inca Films

Title in Original Version : La ville et les chiens