Los Cuentos de Borges: El Sur

El Sur (English: The South) (1990) is a TV movie written and directed by Carlos Saura and is a chapter in the Spanish TV series Los Cuentos de Borges (English: The Borges Tales). Saura's 55-minute film is based on the short story El Sur by Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges.[1][2]

El Sur
Directed byCarlos Saura
Produced byAndrés Vicente Gómez
Written byCarlos Saura
StarringÓscar Martínez
Nini Gambier
Gerardo Romano
Arturo Bonin
Jorge Marrale
Music byAriel Ramírez
Hamlet Lima Quintana
CinematographyJose Luis Alcaine
Edited byPablo G. del Amo
Distributed byIberoamericana Films/Quinto Centenario
Release date
1990; November 15, 1992 (London Film Festival)
Running time
55 minutes


A shy Argentine librarian Juan Dahlman (Oscar Martinez) dreams that he is fatally stabbed on his family's ranch, located in southern Argentina. After suffering a head injury he is ordered to rest until he fully recovers. Dahlman decides to spend his time recovering at his family's ranch, fulfilling his long-held desire to revisiting the ranch. He sets off for the ranch and the destiny that awaits him there.[2]


  • Óscar Martínez as Juan Dahlmann
  • Nini Gambier as Doña Rosario
  • Alexandra Davel as Sara Dahlmann
  • Gerardo Romano as Carlos Manchon
  • Juan Leyrado as Sergio
  • Arturo Bonin as Casiano
  • Villanueva Cosse as Don Alejandro
  • Jorge Marrale as Pastor Guillermo Brige


  1. Saura, Carlos; Linda M. Willem (2003). Linda M. Willem (ed.). Carlos Saura: interviews. Univ. Press of Mississippi. ISBN 978-1-57806-494-6.
  2. Elley, Derek. "El Sur", Variety (magazine), New York City, 2 December 1992. Posted on 1992-12-01.
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