It has been seven years since Peruvian crime novelist Edo Celeste's fiancée Celia vanished without a trace. On the anniversary of her disappearance, as Celeste (Salvador del Solar) is finishing what is to be the last of his popular Felipe Aranda detective novels, the writer receives a summons from Mara (Angie Cepeda), whose ex-husband perished the same day that Celia went missing. Mara gives Celeste an envelope containing photographs that Celeste quickly realizes provide a long-sought-after clue as to the whereabouts of his lost love. Taking its title from the Elephant of Mendieta, a rock formation that was swallowed up by the ocean during Peru's 2007 earthquake, The Vanished Elephant uses the framework of a criminal procedural to craft a fascinating reflection on art, obsession, and loss.
Chicago: July 26 as part of The Reel Film Club.