Film director Oscar Godoy presents ‘Ulysses’ April 24 at Mount Mercy

April 24, 2012 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm | Mount Mercy University, Donnelly Room 300

Oscar GodoyMount Mercy University will welcome film director Oscar Godoy to campus on Tuesday, April 24, for a special screening of his film Ulysses at 3:00 p.m. in Donnelly Room 300. The film viewing is free and open to the public; seating may be limited.

Audiences can participate in a Q&A with the director after the film and learn more about the development of this intriguing plot and Godoy’s main character, Julio – a Peruvian immigrant in Santiago, Chile.

Film reviewer Miguel Pendás says of Ulysses, “In this nuanced psychological study, director Oscar Godoy examines the life of an immigrant worker with as much of a sense of importance as if he were the subject of timeless myth. In a modern world constantly being reshaped by immigration and ever-growing economic dislocation, this is a story for our times.”

Read the entire film review and plot summary by Miguel Pendás
Julio is a Peruvian immigrant in Santiago, Chile, a former history teacher now reduced to working at a series of menial jobs well below his capacities. His Peruvian background, instantly recognized if not necessarily looked down on, makes him an instant oddity, someone unable to hide or completely blend in. His innate intelligence and ambition allow him to gradually advance; he is always trying to get a better job, obtain legal residency status, send more money back home. He begins quietly confident, taking satisfaction in his accomplishments. A ray of hope comes into his life when a young woman in a music store takes a liking to him. But as time goes on, it begins to dawn on him that the difficulties he faces are not as easily resolved as finding a better job, a place to live, or a girlfriend. These matters are difficulties of the heart, for the life of an immigrant is one of overwhelming loneliness. Julio’s only lifeline is the occasional call to his mother from a public phone booth. Just as Homer’s Ulysses lived for one thing, to get back home to his beloved Penelope, Julio lives to help his mother back home in Peru. In this nuanced psychological study, director Oscar Godoy examines the life of an immigrant worker with as much of a sense of importance as if he were the subject of timeless myth. In a modern world constantly being reshaped by immigration and ever-growing economic dislocation, this is a story for our times.

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