A heart-warming story of self-improvement, True Smile follows the extraordinary 1,300 kilometers journey Sergio, a blind autistic young man, undertakes with his brother. Over 30 days, Sergio and Juan Manuel traverse desert and high mountains by tandem bike, starting in Cuenca in central Spain and finishing in one of the most remote villages in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. The candid documentary provides a magnificent glimpse into Sergio’s impenetrable world; so similar to the desert he travels to on his trip. What underlines this story is Sergio’s amazing ability to challenge his limitations and the infinite love of his brother and companion. Sergio’s motivation and strength to undertake this amazing adventure comes from his wish to see his friend Mati again at her home in Morocco.
Cesc Gay / Argentina, Spain / 108 min / 2015 / Spanish with English subtitles
When Julián receives an unexpected visit from his childhood friend, Tomás, the encounter is bittersweet. This reunion, their first meeting in many years, will also be their last. Diagnosed with terminal cancer, Julián has decided to forgo continued treatment and instead focus on putting his affairs in order: distributing his possessions, finalizing his funeral arrangements, and, most importantly, finding a home for his beloved dog, Truman. It’s this final task that is causing him the greatest heartbreak. Nostalgic and full of yearning, Truman ponders our common misconception of death as a thing that we can somehow figure out and learn to manage in a civilized way. Try as he might to exert control, Julián must face the messiness and uncertainty of the process of dying, and the impossibility of leaving everything neatly tied up.