06 Sep Memories of My Father, the film based on Hector Abad’s memoir, Oblivion, is available to watch online
Memories of My Father, the film based on Hector Abad’s memoir, Oblivion, is available to watch online via Curzon cinemas via this link Watch Memories Of My Father Online – Curzon Home Cinema
In the film, The life of Héctor Abad Gómez, one of Colombia’s most beloved national figures, is beautifully dramatized by Trueba, the Oscar-winning director of ‘Belle Epoque’.
Almodóvar regular Javier Cámara plays Gómez, in this adaptation of his son’s Héctor Abad Faciolince richly evocative memoir. It recounts life in the turbulent South American country in the 1970s and 1980s, charting how the city of Medellín’s descent into corruption transformed the halcyon days of Héctor’s youth as his father became an increasingly outspoken critic of the government.
The film has received critical acclaim. Peter Bradshaw described it in The Guardian as ‘a wonderfully sympathetic, deeply felt and tenderly funny family drama with a novelistic attention to details and episodes – a little like Alfonso Cuáron’s Roma, about growing up in a similar era in Mexico City. Cámara thoroughly inhabits the figure of Gómez: unselfconsciously inspiring and lovable.’
Considered ‘one of the must-read books in contemporary Spanish-language literature and the true story of his father, Colombian human rights activist Dr. Héctor Abad Gómez’, Oblivion was published in English translation by World Editions in 2019.