Uruguay

Pablo Stoll – Hiroshima (2009)

A young man in Uruguay has trouble expressing himself verbally. As the lead singer in a band, he interacts with the world through his music. Read More »

Mario Handler – Aparte AKA Aside AKA On the Margins (2002)

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This is a documentary with rare images of real life stories in the so-called “asentamientos” in the poor underbelly of Uruguay’s capital, Montevideo, and in its youth jails. It centers on the life of a family, and some of its teenage neighbors. Filmed at times by only one discreet camera, the documentary exposes the youth legal system and youth jails in Uruguay, as well as the daily lives of its former or future prisoners: teenage prostitutes, petty thieves, single mothers, and their miserable lives, contrasting with upper middle class neighborhoods. A former prostitute now “single” grandmother is a central character, being the mother of a few teenage criminals, a single mother who is also a prostitute, and a repeat offender who eventually dies of AIDS in jail, and whose burial we witness in the film. Read More »

Adrián Biniez – Las olas (2017)

Exhausted after leaving work, Alfonso goes to the beach and dives into the sea. Coming to the surface, he finds himself on another beach, in another time. His parents are waiting for him, calling to him from the water’s edge. Alfonso sees and understands everything from his adult’s body, even if they treat him like an 11 year old. This is the beginning of a fantastic voyage through the different holidays in his life, where the situations come one after the other with no chronological order, interrupting with a tone of intimacy and entertaining nostalgia his meetings with girlfriends, teenage and childhood pals, his daughter, and his loneliness. Read More »

Rodrigo Plá – La demora AKA The Delay (2012)

A middle-aged, single mother of three cares for her eighty year old father, and they are pushed to the breaking point. Read More »

Álvaro Brechner – Mal día para pescar AKA Bad Day to Go Fishing (2009)

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A flamboyant impresario and an ageing ex-wrestling champion arrive in a small town, offering a hefty award to the local challenger. In fact, the promoter wants to rinse the spectators for every penny. But, is this a good day to go fishing? Read More »

Álvaro Brechner – Sofía AKA Sofia (2005)

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It’s been four years since Sofia disappeared. Now, for the first time, she will have to tell her story. Read More »

Beatriz Flores Silva – En la puta vida AKA In This Tricky Life (2001)

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Montevideo, Uruguay. In this comedic drama, Elisa, 27, dreams of opening her own hairdressing salon in one of the rich districts of the Uruguayan capital. A bit of a rebel, one day Elisa moves out of her mother’s house with her two children and breaks up with Garcia, her boss and lover who has infuriated her by not wanting to get married. So, in the space of twenty-four hours, Elisa finds herself without a roof over her head, without a man, without a job and without money. Her best friend Loulou finds her a job – in the brothel run by Dona Jacqueline. And without really being aware of it, Elisa slides into prostitution, which leads her to Barcelona. She falls in love, she is exploited, she gets involved in transvestite gang wars, and meanwhile just dreams of earning enough money for her little beauty salon back home. Read More »