Nicolás Pereda is a filmmaker whose work explores the everyday through fractured and elliptical narratives using fiction and documentary tools. His most recent film, Verano de Goliat (2010), is a study of violence, masculinity, and family in a rural town in the south of Mexico. The film won several awards, including the Premio Orizzonti at the Venice Film Festival.
At Radcliffe, Pereda will work on The Heart of the Sky, a fiction/documentary film about the experience of a community of immigrants who recently arrived in Toronto. The film is loosely based on some passages of the Mayan mytho-historical text Popol Vuh. Pereda will do research in the Harvard University Archives and will start filming in the winter.
Pereda’s films have been shown at festivals around the world, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the San Sebastián International Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Venice Film Festival, and the Viennale. He has had more than a dozen retrospectives at various festivals, cinémathèques, and archives, including the Anthology Film Archive, the Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias, the Harvard Film Archive, the Jeonju International Film Festival, the Pacific Cinémathèque, and the Pacific Film Archive. He studied film and film production at York University in Toronto.