Eva Doesn’t Sleep
2015, Argentina-Spain-France, 85’, Color, Spanish
Director: Pablo Aguero
Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, Denis Lavant, Imanol Arias, Daniel Fanego, Sofia Brito, Sabrina Machi
Bold and original, “Eva Doesn’t Sleep” showcases the talents of one of Argentina’s most visionary and politically engaged cinematic voices.
In 1952, Argentina’s beloved First Lady, Eva Perón, died of cancer at the age of thirty-three. A renowned embalmer was commissioned by the grieving Juan Perón to preserve her body for display, and Argentines flocked to be near “Evita.” Three years later, when his government was overthrown by a military coup, Perón fled the country before he could make arrangements for the transportation of his wife’s body. The military junta now in control kidnapped the corpse; so afraid were they of Eva’s symbolic power that they even made it illegal to utter her name. Thus began the two-decade journey of Eva’s body throughout Europe and eventually back to Argentina.