Sur (South) is a 1988 Argentine drama film written and directed by Fernando E. Solanas. The film features Susú Pecoraro, Miguel Ángel Solá, Philippe Léotard, Lito Cruz, Ulises Dumont among others.[1]

Directed byFernando E. Solanas
Written byFernando E. Solanas
Produced byFernando E. Solanas
Envar El Kadri
StarringSusú Pecoraro
Miguel Ángel Solá
Philippe Léotard
Lito Cruz
CinematographyFélix Monti
Edited byJuan Carlos Macías
Music byÁstor Piazzolla
Distributed byArgentina Sono Film
Release date
  • 5 March 1988 (1988-03-05)
Running time
127 minutes

Following its debut at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival, Sur has collected a host of awards from prestigious international film festivals. Sur garnered its director, Fernando E. Solanas the Best Director at Cannes in 1988 and was nominated for the Palme d'Or in the same year.[2] The film was selected to be screened in the Cannes Classics section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.[3]

In a survey of the 100 greatest films of Argentine cinema carried out by the Museo del Cine Pablo Ducrós Hicken in 2000, the film reached the 33rd position.[4] In a new version of the survey organized in 2022 by the specialized magazines La vida útil, Taipei and La tierra quema, presented at the Mar del Plata International Film Festival, the film reached the 40th position.[5]


Floreal is released from prison prior to the end of a military coup d'état in 1983. He discovers his wife has cheated on him and is not sure he wants to return to his former life and family. A friend, "El-Negro", who was killed during the military coup, appears in the night with a special mission: to help Floreal face what has happened when he was serving time in prison. El-Negro helps him to live through the important events that happened in his absence. El-Negro helps him get past his anger, understanding how hard it was to endure such a difficult time and how the military coup had crushed people's lives. When El-Negro finally tells him he must return, Floreal realizes he must be strong and, like his coup-stricken country, pick up and go on with his life.






  1. ^ Sur at IMDb.
  2. ^ a b c "Festival de Cannes: Sur". Retrieved 2009-07-27.
  3. ^ "Cannes Classics 2015". Cannes Film Festival. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Las 100 mejores del periodo 1933-1999 del Cine Argentino". La Mirada Cautiva. Buenos Aires: Museo del Cine Pablo Ducrós Hicken (3): 6–14. 2000. Archived from the original on 21 November 2022. Retrieved 21 November 2022 – via Encuesta de cine argentino 2022 on Google Drive.
  5. ^ "Top 100" (in Spanish). Encuesta de cine argentino 2022. 11 November 2022. Retrieved 13 November 2022.

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