17 Argentine films in the three main competitions of the Festival is a clear reflection of the amazing moment Argentine cinema is going through. 201 feature films were received to be part of the program of the 30° edition. A new record. 17 films that enhance our competitions. 17 opportunities to watch, enjoy and get stimulated by the quality of our cinema.
Eva Doesn't Sleep, by Pablo Agüero
It sends a chill down your spine. It sends a chill down your spine to think that this fiction is part of our contemporary history. It sends a chill down your spine the sensitivity with which Pablo Aguero tells a story that started out as a myth and became one of the most shameful chapters of our past. It sends a chill down your spine the intelligent use of stylistic resources, the bright musicalization, the carefully selected footage and the brilliant performances that accompany a brave story, devoid of sentimentality and political extremism.
A beautiful story about the darkness of loneliness, then of companionship, the darkest of loneliness. A sensitive story about a light that warns out that we were in the shadows. Ariel Rotter dissects and analyzes that instant where the comfort zone is no longer safe and we can only throw ourselves to the light. Erica Rivas delivers a touching performance that sends a chill down your spine and goes beyond the screen.
Popular Mechanics, by Alejandro Agresti
Agresti’s new film dives into the publishing circle, with Alejandro Awada in the role of Mario Zavadilkner, celebrated publisher of philosophy, history and psychoanalysis. Nothing is what it seems. Disappointed by society, the rhythm of culture and of his own personal decisions, Mario decides to take his own life. However, as if destiny had set out to keep toying with this devastated character, he meets a young writer who threats to kill herself if he does not read her novel. A story that takes place in a single night, immersed in a publishing house in half darkness and with a security employee remarkably played by Patricio Contreras. A story worthy of being published.
What we Never Said, by Sebastián Sánchez Amunátegui - Argentina / Mexico
More often than not, physical distance is not was keeps people away. Dormant, the unsaid separates people more than hundreds of kilometers. Sánchez Amunátegui, Chilean director living in Mexico, builds an intimate story that feels like a runaway. Mariana moves to Mexico and her parents stay in Mendoza. She only returns to her country when she finds out about her father’s disease. That physical proximity will not imply emotional proximity, and generational differences, past stories and present intolerances will be at stake, in a story that goes deep into family relationships, so complex yet so necessary.
Samuray-s, by Raúl Perrone
Raúl Perrone, at the recent Valdivia Film Festival, which paid tribute to him, said about his film: "I don’t like to write synopsis. I don’t think they are necessary. So, regarding Samuray-s, I will only say this: 1) A samurai kills the son of the owner of a brothel and the latter seeks revenge. 2) An old woman wants to marry her granddaughter with the bad samurai, but she is in love with the good samurai. 3) A samurai comes back from the war after a long time and no longer recognizes her wife.
How Most Things Work, by Fernando Salem
Fernando Salem brings us a peculiar, sensitive, smart and bold road movie. He builds a story of personal search and it becomes, in a flawless narrative progression, the reflection of everyone’s search. With a brilliant aesthetic, it shows us a beautiful universe, a lovely disoriented protagonist, and characters that meet in that road and speak to the camera giving answers and their view on essential subjects. An original approach that suggests that not every question has an answer but that we build our path by looking for them, even blindly.
The Spider Lullaby, by José Celestino Campusano
As usual, José Celestino Campusano deals with injustice, with perverse and established orders, passively accepted. El Arullo de la araña is different from the rest of Campusano’s films, but always with a critical view of what he portrays. Claustrophobic, with a hidden violence and the dialogues as protagonists, El arrullo de la araña shows us a reality that keeps recurring, regardless of place, space, geography or classes.
Los pibes, by Jorge Leandro Colás
The Football Boys is more than an observational documentary. The Football Boys is an analysis of a world we all imagine but know little of. A fierce look at the illusions that fly over at every breath of the kids who leave everything in the field –in a few minutes they have to show their abilities-, their own dreams, somebody else’s dreams, many times not even knowing what they are doing there or who those people are, who watch them playing in the paddock or their neighborhood club. And we are talking about Boca Juniors. And when they get into that monster, everything changes. It is them, alone with their souls, facing a destiny that offers them a chance as tangible as distant.
El movimiento, by Benjamín Naishtat - Argentina / South Korea
Benjamín Naishtat brings us an interesting view on Argentine history, where light, chiaroscuro and close-ups are the true protagonists. An original form of historic revisionism, social criticism, with brilliant performances and a flawless script. El movimiento invites us to reflect upon our past, our present and the amazing narrative forms of cinema.
Paula, by Eugenio Canevari - Argentina / Spain
Paula is the story of a young woman lost in a sea of people. Working as a maid in a house of middle-class employers, the cry of help reverberates in deaf ears and plunges her even more in a reality that can only have her as victim. With remarkable performances and a sensitive script, it is an accurate, cruel and silent portrayal of today’s society.
Road to La Paz, by Francisco Varone -Argentina / Holland / Germany / Qatar
Many times, life faces us with people we would not have imagined. And, little by little, relationships grow, based less on coincidences than on differences. Francisco Varone brings us a sensitive road movie with Sebastián, a young man whose passions are Vox Dei band and his old Peugeot 505, and Jalili, a not very gentle old Sufi man who offers Sebas a huge amount of money to take him to Ciudad de la Paz in Bolivia. A route of meetings and disagreements thus begins, in that faint rope that divides what brings us together and what pulls us apart.
Pequeño diccionario ilustrado de la electricidad, by Carolina Rimini and Gustavo Galuppo
Christian Villeneuve, pioneer in the investigation and development of electric energy applied to audiovisual media, is a character completely overlooked by official history. The tragic route of his developments was signed by the eagerness to find a way of bringing the dead back to life, an idea which turned into an obsession with his wife’s death, opera singer Stilla Mihaly.Pequeño diccionario ilustrado de la electricidad reconstructs his unlikely itinerary, in a game that swings between verification and creation, from the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 until the present day, outlining in its historical scheme the passage from industrial capitalism to its current rooted and ruthless forms in neoliberal globalization. Gothic horror, B science fiction, conspiratorial fantasy and historical-political lucubration, interconnected in a network of association with the form of a scientific dissemination documentary.
Docile Bodies, by Diego
Gachassin and Matías Scarvaci
Docile Bodies shows the life of criminal attorney Alfredo García Kalb. Next to him, we follow the process of two young marginal boys who have to face Argentine legal system, how it operates in issuing a sentence and the consequences it will have on them and their families. We will witness how the protagonist works in a way such that the limits between the forbidden, the allowed, the personal and the professional become blurred, questioning the meaning of criminal law in today’s society, and observing the tension between confinement and freedom.
Easy Ball, by Juan Fernández Gebauer and Nicolás Suárez
Sometimes, relationships can be built out of passions. Sometimes, those relationships can turn into passions. For Hugo, a lonely cab driver from Buenos Aires, complete, absolute and excluding passion is red and blue: San Lorenzo is not only an active part of his past but also a healthy obsession that adds color to his life. Until a single mother and her son appear in his life. Now he will have someone to share that passion with. And maybe something else.
Kryptonite by Nicanor Loreti
Loreti did it again. And the result is explosive. Krytonita, based on Leonardo Oyola’s novel, is a film that combines the genre of super heroes with the cruel everyday reality of a public hospital in the province of Buenos Aires. The result is a passionate thriller, with influences from John Carpenter and the characters from the League of Justice. An intimate dramatic film, where true heroes live between the shadows and do not need super powers to save us in everyday life.
Hortensia, by Diego Lublinsky and Álvaro Urtizberea
It is December when Hortensia’s father dies electrocuted opening the fridge. The last day of the year she is fired from her job. That very same night she finds her boyfriend cheating on her with her best friend. Distressed and lonely, she finds a letter she wrote when she was 14. It says: "Goals to be happy: marry a blonde guy like my father and design the most beautiful shoe in the world”. Her life regains meaning. She immediately makes a lot of decisions to achieve these goals. Solutions do not seem to arrive. Things will go worse and worse until she listens to her true wishes.
Our Last Tango, by Germán Kral – Argentina / Germany
It takes two to tango. Behind every couple there is always a story, small or infinite. María Nieves and Juan Carlos Copes were and will always be the couple of tango dancers. This is a way of looking at their story. The reconstruction of events becomes fiction, like a set of Chinese boxes, where all of them start intermingling.