The Incident (El Incidente)


Wednesday, November 18
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: The Gershman Y
Premiere Status: Philadelphia Premiere
Director: Isaac Ezban
Genre: Sci-Fi, Psychological Thriller
Country: Mexico
Year: 2014
Running Time: 100 min
Language: Spanish with English subtitles


THE INCIDENT may be Mexican Jewish director Isaac Ezban’s first feature-length film, but critics see Ezban’s gripping and assured directorial debut as continuing in the tradition of Tarkovsky’s Solaris, Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Christopher Nolan’s Inception. This haunting sci-fi thriller, which first screened in the 2014 MarchŽ du Film at the Festival de Cannes, entangles two stories with people trapped in illogical endless spaces: a pair of criminally-minded brothers and a police detective locked in an infinite Mšobius strip-like stairwell, and a family stranded on an infinite road to nowhere. As 35 years go by and the scenes of their temporal imprisonments never change, the characters continue to age and adapt to their individual purgatories. Just try to imagine what your life would be like if you were stuck in a space that never gets bigger, surrounded by all of the things you consume on a daily basis to survive, building up ad infinitum. THE INCIDENT is definitely not for the faint of heart, as Ezban proves that a person’s consciousness and perception of reality can be just as frightening as any monster.

Special Guest: Dr. Mark Leuchter, Director of Jewish Studies, Temple University

Community Partners: Liliana Life-Ines Friesel E, Mexican Consulate, Temple University – Jewish Studies