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Astor Piazzolla Award for Best Feature Length Film - «El tiempo perdido» de María Álvarez

Astor Piazzolla Award for Best Feature Length Film - «El tiempo perdido» de María Álvarez

If Marcel Proust completed the seven volumes of his novel In Search of Lost Time, what would be the most appropriate way of analyzing it in order to honor that effort? The group that stars in this documentary does so with a combination of ambition and persistence, and they have been getting together in a Buenos Aires cafe for the past 18 years in order to read and reread the novel. María Álvarez captures many of their encounters between 2015 and 2019, giving one full orbit around the novel and collecting the reactions, recurrences and bonds the meetings cause among the readers, many of them elderly people, who stop to share the ways in which they see their experiences reflected in every volume. Following the path she had started with Las cinéphilas (and reuniting us with Norma Bárbaro, one of its stars), Álvarez delivers another charming portrait of art and its great power of bringing people together, as a collective shelter for their personal quests.