In the City of Sylvia

In the City of Sylvia
City of Sylvia Poster.jpg
Directed by José Luis Guerín
Produced by Luis Miñarro
Gaëlle Jones
Written by José Luis Guerín
Starring Pilar López de Ayala
Xavier Lafitte
Cinematography Natasha Braier
Edited by Núria Esquerra
Distributed by Axiom Films (UK and Ireland)
Release date
  • 5 September 2007 (2007-09-05) (Venice Film Festival)
  • 14 September 2007 (2007-09-14) (Spain)
Running time
84 minutes
Country Spain
Language French

In the City of Sylvia (Spanish: En la Ciudad de Sylvia) is a 2007 film directed by José Luis Guerín. The film follows a young man credited only as 'Él' (English:'Him') as he wanders central Strasbourg in search of Sylvia, a woman he asked for directions in a bar six years earlier.

Critical reception

The film appeared on some critics' top ten lists of the best films of 2008. V.A. Musetto of the New York Post named it the best film of 2008,[1] J. Hoberman of The Village Voice named it the 8th best film of 2008.,[1] and Sam C. Mac of In Review Online [1] named it the 2nd best film of 2008. Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of The A.V. Club described it as "something of a masterpiece."[2]

Awards and nominations

En la Ciudad de Sylvia was nominated for the 2007 Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, although the award was eventually presented to Ang Lee for Lust, Caution. En la Ciudad de Sylvia won the 2008 Australian Film Critics Association award for the 'best unreleased film' in Australia at the time of the awards. Guerín won the best director award of the Premios ACE 2009 for this film.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Metacritic: 2008 Film Critic Top Ten Lists". Metacritic. Archived from the original on January 2, 2009. Retrieved January 11, 2009.
  2. ^ Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, "An overlooked masterpiece about looking, The A. V. Club, March 22, 2016
  3. ^ Ganadores de los Premios ACE 2009 Archived 2009-08-30 at the Wayback Machine (in Spanish). Retrieved August 19, 2009.

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