Sueño en otro idioma / I Dream in Another Language

A film by Ernesto Contreras

This film was screened as a part of the 2017 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF20)

With actor Eligio Meléndez in Attendance

This film is co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin


Sueño en otro idioma


Mexico/Netherlands, Drama/Fantasy, 2017
103 min, Color
Spanish, Zikril with English subtitles

A young linguist travels to the jungle of Mexico to research a language on the verge of disappearing. Once there, he discovers that its last two speakers clashed 50 years ago, and have refused to speak to each other since. Attempting to reunite them, the researcher discovers a secret past.

Regional Premiere

About the director

Ernesto ContrerasErnesto Contreras’ award-winning first film, BLUE EYELIDS (2007), screened at some of the most prestigious festivals in the world: Cannes, San Sebastián, Tokyo IFF, and Sundance. After the premiere of his documentary SEGUIR SIENDO: CAFÉ TACVBA (2010), Contreras returned with the controversial THE OBSCURE SPRING (2014). His fourth feature I DREAM IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE premiered at Sundance in 2017, winning the Audience Award (World Cinema Dramatic).



Producer: Mónica Lozano, Luis Albores, Érika Ávila, Eamon O’Farrill, Raymond van der Kaaij, Dijana Olcay-Hot
Production Companies: Revolver Amsterdam, Agencia SHA, Alebrije Cine y Video
Screenwriter: Carlos Contreras
Cinematographer: Tonatiuh Martínez
Editor: Jorge Macaya
Sound Design: Pablo Tamez, Enrique Greiner
Music: Andrés Sánchez
Cast: Fernando Álvarez Rebeil, José Manuel Poncelis, Eligio Meléndez, Fátima Molina, Norma Angélica, Mónica Miguel, Juan Pablo de Santiago, Hoze Meléndez, Nicolasa Ortiz Monasterio

Print Source: Jeffrey Winter – TFC,