The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents Invasion.
In 1957, a small group of middle-aged men fight a clandestine battle against forces quietly invading and taking control of their city, Aquilea. Enigmatic in its story-telling, Hugo Santiago’s once-lost film obscures the motivations of either side, leaving only a series of moves and counter-moves that evokes past dictatorial oppression and those still to come. With stark, spare cinematography by Ricardo Aronovich, a lively and unnerving score by Edgardo Canton, and a screenplay written by Santiago with Argentine literary titans Jorge Luis Borges and Adolfo Bioy Casares, Invasion is a tense and timeless portrait of resistance and an unheralded classic of international art house cinema and Latin American filmmaking.
New, digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
Audio commentary by Richard Peña, program director of New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center
New interview with Hugo Santiago
Los Contrabandistas (1967) and Los Taitas (1968), two short films by Santiago
The Others (1974), Santiago’s follow-up feature to Invasion, also co-written with Jorge Luis Borges and Adolfo Bioy Casares
“Inventive, elegiac, gently surreal. If David Lynch had been around in the 1920s, it’s exactly the kind of film he would have made.” – Ian Berriman, SFX.CO.UK
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