Los Cuentos de Borges: El Sur

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El Sur
Directed by Carlos Saura
Produced by Andrés Vicente Gómez
Written by Carlos Saura
Starring Óscar Martínez
Nini Gambier
Gerardo Romano
Arturo Bonin
Jorge Marrale
Music by Ariel Ramírez
Hamlet Lima Quintana
Cinematography Jose Luis Alcaine
Edited by Pablo G. del Amo
Distributed by Iberoamericana Films/Quinto Centenario
Release dates
1990; November 15, 1992 (London Film Festival)
Running time
55 minutes
Country Argentina
Language Spanish

El Sur (English: The South) (1990) is a TV movie written and directed by Carlos Saura and is a chapter in the Spanish TV series Los Cuentos de Borges (English: The Borges Tales). Saura's 55-minute film is based on the short story El Sur by Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges.[1][2]


A shy Argentine librarian Juan Dahlman (Oscar Martinez) dreams that he is fatally stabbed on his family's ranch, located in southern Argentina. After suffering a head injury he is ordered to rest until he fully recovers. Dahlman decides to spend his time recovering at his family's ranch, fulfilling his long-held desire to revisiting the ranch. He sets off for the ranch and the destiny that awaits him there.[2]



  1. ^ Saura, Carlos; Linda M. Willem (2003). Linda M. Willem, ed. Carlos Saura: interviews. Univ. Press of Mississippi. ISBN 978-1-57806-494-6. 
  2. ^ a b Elley, Derek. "El Sur", Variety (magazine), New York City, 2 December 1992. Posted on 1992-12-01.

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