Argentina

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 »

Santiago Loza – Breve historia del planeta verde AKA Brief Story from the Green Planet (2019)

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In director Santiago Loza’s Teddy Award winner (Best Feature Film 2019), young trans woman Tania is tasked with caring for her recently deceased grandmother’s closest companion — an alien, whom she and her comrades must safely return to its origins. As the group makes the journey on foot, Tania finds herself supernaturally linked with her extraterrestrial charge, confronting past trauma that manifests as remorseful childhood bullies and as past lovers with new commitments. Each traveler overcomes their fears and heartbreak on this tender, epic journey. Read More »

Matías Piñeiro – Rosalinda (2011)

Two different rhythms in the same body. The first one of an actress and the second that of his character: Luisa and Rosalinda share the same body but not the same rhythm. One afternoon in the Delta del Tigre, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, a group of actors meet to rehearse the comedy Como les guste, by William Shakespeare. During this day, love rages and the roles between actress and character are confused between the enjoyment of artifice and the anguish of the uncertain. Read More »

Carlos Sorin – La ventana AKA The Window (2008)

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It is a significant day for 80 year old Antonio. After an absence of many years, his estranged son is coming to visit. All must be perfect. There will be a toast with a very special champagne; an embrace; warm words that may finally bridge the gap between them. But before, Antonio must wait. Bedridden, he looks out his window at the Patagonian landscape and sees light and life, the past and the present, while sensing the future. He decides to secretly leave the house, unseen by his faithful caretakers, to take what might be a last walk in his fields, breathing the air, treading the earth, inhaling the scent of the land that had been his life. What could otherwise seem like insignificant memories or moments in one’s life, take a special, beautiful meaning and weight in this poetic, humanistic film. Read More »

Eliseo Subiela – Pequeños milagros AKA Little Miracles (1997)

Rosalía is a cashier at a supermarket. She lives alone, loves reading fairy tales and hides in a magic fantasy world in order to survive living in the real one. She thinks she is a fairy who came on a mission and got caught in this world. She travels by bus every day. At the bus-stop, there is a “web camera” which records images and puts them into the Internet. Santiago is a scientist who works in an international research project to detect signs of extraterrestrial intelligence. He is a lonely man who lives with his dog and his computer. Rosalía finds she has some extra-sensory powers and thinks three young women she knows are fairies. They will remarkably influence her life. She also feels the need to meet her father, whom she has not seen since she was 8. Read More »

Gastón Solnicki – Kékszakállú (2016)

Kékszakállú is an unconventional portrayal of several young women witnessed in immersive yet indeterminate states: within their bodies, among their friends and lovers, and ultimately in a culture of economic and spiritual recession. The torpor of boredom and privilege is undercut by the vicissitudes of Argentina’s economic malaise, forcing the offspring of a vanishing upper class to extricate themselves from the props of familial privilege. The film presents a documentary-like exposure of the quotidian while extending possibilities for redemption among this brood of the weary. Obliquely inspired by Bela Bartok’s sole opera, Kékszakállú radically transposes the portent of Bluebeard’s Castle into something far less recognizable: a tale of generational inertia, situated between the alternating and precisely rendered tableaux of work and repose in Buenos Aires and Punta del Este. Read More »

Fabián Bielinsky – El aura AKA The Aura (2005)

A quiet, epileptic taxidermist plans the perfect crime. All he needs is the right opportunity. An accident, perhaps… Read More »