Argentina

Eliseo Subiela – Rehén de ilusiones AKA Hostage of an Illusion (2012)

Synopsis:
Pablo is a 60 years old writer. He meets by chance an ex pupil, Laura. Now, she is an attractive 35 years old woman. She was very much in love with him, when he was her professor at college. Now, she bursts into his life, as a passionate lover. He rediscovers his sexuality and the illusion of being young once more. But Laura seems to suffer a psychotic brake. She feels chased by the porter and militarism from the neighboring barracks. Laura is put in an asylum, but from time to time, Laura will appear and disappear, becoming someone ethereal, like a picture from an unrecoverable youth. Read More »

Albertina Carri – La rabia AKA Anger (2008)

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Life in the Argentine pampas is nasty, brutish and short, judging by the intense, compelling drama “La Rabia.” Impressive if challenging-to-watch work by helmer Albertina Carri (“Los rubios,” “Geminis”) observes adultery, violence and animal slaughter largely through the eyes of two disturbed children, while use of jagged animation and luminous landscape shots transmutes the base material into something more sublime. “La Rabia” is certain to sweep through fests, but could have trouble finding distribution in some territories due to unfaked deaths of various animals which, per opening credits, “lived and died as they naturally would.” Read More »

Martín Rejtman – Shakti (2019)

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Federico, in his mid-20s, lives alone in Buenos Aires. The day his grandmother dies, he decides to part with his girlfriend. He fears hurting her. However, she is laid-back, feisty and not even close to feeling hurt. He begins obsessing over her unexpected reaction—but then he meets someone else. Condensing all the fine irony, absurdist humour, and unassuming warmth that defines Martín Rejtman work into only 19 minutes, Shakti is a delightful minimalist gem. Read More »

Nestor Paternostro – Mosaico (1970)

“Mosaico (La vida de una modelo)” is Néstor Paternostro’s first film. It follows the life of a model (Perla Caron), from her discovery by a TV producer (Federico Luppi) to the moment when she decides to stop modeling. The narration is fragmentary (“so that each spectator can build his own movie”, as said by Paternostro himself), and the movie is constructed mainly around the music by Núñez Palacios and rock singer Owe Monk. Read More »

Nele Wohlatz – El futuro perfecto (2016)

A smart and innovative look at the possible futures of a young Chinese immigrant to Buenos Aires, told in the stilted language of an elementary Spanish textbook. Read More »

Adolfo Aristarain – Lugares comunes AKA Common Ground (2002)

In Buenos Aires, a few days before traveling to Spain with his beloved wife Liliana Rovira to visit their son Pedro, the leftist Literature professor Fernando Robles is compulsory retired in the University. The ongoing economic crisis does not allow Fernando to get a new job. Liliana decides to sell her family’s apartment and the couple move to a small farm near Villa Dolores to reduce their expenses. Fernando comes up with the idea to grow lavender and sell the oil to the perfume industry. Read More »

Santiago Loza – Malambo, el hombre bueno AKA Malambo, the Good Man (2018)

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A Malambo dancer prepares himself all his life for the tournament. If he achieves victory, it will be his end. The winners can no longer compete, they must retire. They may only train others to face the same challenge. This is a fiction about the experience of some Malambo dancers. Read More »