Argentina

María Luisa Bemberg – De eso no se habla AKA I Don’t Want to Talk About It (1993)

Leonor, a widow in a small South American town, gives birth to Charlotte, a dwarf. The mother not only provides a rich childhood for her daughter, she erases any clues her daughter might see that would lead her to think she is different (mother burns books such as “Snow White” and destroys lawn statues of gnomes). In short, she doesn’t want to talk about it. The mother succeeds in creating a modern-day Rapunzel: Charlotte becomes an accomplished young woman who captures the heart of Ludovico. But then, the circus comes to town. Read More »

Raúl de la Torre – Pobre mariposa (1986)

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In May of 1945, the news of the fall of Berlin spread to Buenos Aires. Clara is the daughter of a socialist leader named Boris who has died unexpectedly. As Clara learns more about a father she hardly knew, she finds out slowly about his political involvement during the war. There is some unrest in Argentina, and soon, not even Clara’s life is free from danger. Read More »

Clarisa Navas – Hoy partido a las 3 (2017)

Las Indomables await with anxiety the start of a neighborhood women’s soccer tournament. During the wait all kinds of events happen, love, conflicts, politics and even a rain, stalk the passion for which they are there: Play football at all costs. Read More »

Lola Arias – Teatro de guerra AKA Theatre of War (2018)

The Falklands War lasted from April to June of 1982 and took the lives of 655 Argentinian and 255 British soldiers. It ended in Argentina’s military defeat and in territorial claims on both sides that remain contentious to this day.
Thirty-five years after the end of the war, Argentinian artist and director Lola Arias invites veterans to look back – together, either in pairs or in dialogue with the camera. The British and the Argentinians face each other as former enemies, but also form an ensemble, such as when they re-enact a battle scene in an abandoned building that resembles a theatre. Read More »

Gonzalo Calzada – Nocturna: Lado B – Donde los elefantes van a morir (2021)

Synopsis:
A woman narrates the final night on earth of a 100-year old man, whom fights for redemption from his life’s misdeeds. Read More »

Gonzalo Calzada – Nocturna: La noche del hombre grande AKA Nocturna: Side a – The Great Old Man’s Night (2021)

Synopsis:
Ulysses is a hundred-year-old man, battling for redemption on his last night on earth. Faced with imminent death, he is forced to rethink his past, his present and his take on reality. Read More »

Fernando E. Solanas – Los hijos de Fierro AKA Fierro’s Children (1978)

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A lyrical, if Peronist adaptation of the José HernándezMartin Fierro (1872-9). One of the more essential Latin American films in my opinion.

Summary:
Directed by Fernando Solanas, produced by Cine Liberación group , which openly appeared as the film arm of the Peronist movement , it is a militant and passionate film, but whose passion does not stop producing a remarkable analysis of the political period that goes from Peron’s fall to await his return from Spain. Solanas’s film is structured around a mix between the figure of Martin Fierro and that of Juan Domingo Perón , a mixture in which the verses of the poem, symbol of the wisdom of the Argentine gaucho, intersect with the word in Peron’s speeches . Read More »