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This is one of Borges's short stories. I have been acquainted with Borges's work for a long time and I have been very much influenced by him. He is a writer who, when you read his books, stimulates your imagination, and he plays around with something I very much like; manipulating the times.

The idea of filming "El Sur" (The South) reached me through Andrés Vicente Gómez, who has the rights to film some of Borges's stories, in collaboration with Spanish Television. The movie will comprise eight or ten stories that will be directed by different directors. He gave "El Sur" to Víctor Erice, who has also been influenced by Borges. Victor wrote the script and Andrés sent it to me along with the others so that if I were interested, I could choose one to adapt to the screen. I read Victor's text and I liked it very much. Then, when we were about to start working, he called to say he wanted to do the film. And so I forgot about the matter. However, some time later, Victor Erice pulled out of the project and they offered it to me again. I traveled to Argentina, to Buenos Aires, to experience the world & environment of Borges up close. I then wrote a new script, which respects some of Victor Erice's ideas and criteria, then I proposed that we film it together. But Victor said that was a different kettle of fish and abandoned the project for good.

It is a very short story of an autobiographic nature, something which is only known by those who have been closely acquainted with the author's life. In this sense, obvious consequences can be drawn from it. The South is the story of an individual who, at a given moment, has an accident that affects his brain and he has to undergo an operation in which his life is at stake. A sort of odyssey-like dream enters the scene in which there is a knife fight - a subject that obsessed Borges at different times of his life.

I took advantage of that autobiographic content to develop the story through an actual character who represents Borges himself as I see him. And that is done on two levels: an imaginative one with the knife fight which must condition and end the story, along with the real one, the current world, dealing with the life a librarian, a shy man, isolated and far from the maddening crowd.