Film Countries Archives: Argentina

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The Spiral [short film]

  María Silvia Esteve

  Argentina     19 minutes

Synopsis

A chronicle of one woman’s downward spiral as an anxiety attack discloses a complex labyrinth of emotions and fears.

This film screens as part of Shorts 8: Whirlwinds (Experimental)

 Spanish 

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Collection of four experimental film stills representing Shorts Program 8

Shorts 8: Whirlwinds (Experimental)

  Various

  Argentina, Belgium, Denmark, Iran, United States     83 minutes

Synopsis

Radical tools are at play in this daring collection of shorts that take viewers on an experience like no other. Featuring works by Crystal Z Campbell, Jeppe Lange, María Silvia Esteve, Marayam Tafakory, and Maxime Jean-Baptiste. 

An archive of pareidolia, a condition in which someone sees a pattern or image of something that does not exist, is narrated by a descendent of exodusters in Revolver (US). Abyss (Denmark) is a chain of 10,000 images found through Google’s reverse image search. A primal chaos takes place as artificial consciousness is formed. The Spiral (Argentina) chronicles a woman’s downward spiral as an anxiety attack discloses a complex labyrinth of emotions and fears. Since 1979, Iranian filmmakers have been prohibited from depicting men and women touching on screen. Since then, directors have relied on cinematic tricks to represent intimate moments and powerful emotions. Nazarbazi (Iran) collages these moments into a powerful poem about love and desire. Moune Ô (Belgium) repurposes footage from a film premiere’s party to reveal the survival of colonial inheritance within the western collective unconscious.

Note: The film Nazarbazi is not available as part of the streaming program.

Screenings & Events

Screening

Tue, Oct 18 @ 6:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Virtual Screening

Available to stream Oct 13 @ 12:00pm CT through Oct 23 @ 11:59pm CT for a 48-hour watch window. Available to stream anywhere in the United States.

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The Substitute El suplente

  Diego Lerman

  Argentina, Italy, Mexico, Spain, France     110 minutes

Synopsis

In this tense and timely drama, idealistic literature professor Lucio (Juan Minujíin) leaves behind university life to accept a position teaching high school in the working-class community where he grew up. Returning to the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Lucio is intent on making a difference in the lives of his students, but just as he begins to connect with his class, a drug smuggling operation is uncovered inside the school. Learning that the local drug cartel threatens one of Lucio’s promising young pupils, the educator must decide how far he’ll go to protect the boy’s life. Celebrated for the nuance and humanism with which he imbues his work, award-winning Argentine filmmaker Diego Lerman (A Sort of Family, Refugiado) returns to the Festival with this powerful piece of social realism.

 Spanish with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Thu, Oct 20 @ 8:15pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Special Guests*: Actress María Merlino
*Subject to change

Screening

Sat, Oct 22 @ 2:45pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Special Guests*: Actress María Merlino
*Subject to change

Media

Film Credits

  •   Nicolás Avruj, Diego Lerman
  •   Diego Lerman, Maria Meira, Luciana de Mello
  •   Alejandro Brodersohn
  •   Wojciech Staron
  •   Juan Minujín, Alfredo Castro, Bárbara Lennie, Rita Cortese, María Merlino, Lucas Arrua, Renata Lerman
  •   José Villalobos
  •   Campo Cine

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Noise Ruido

  Natalia Beristáin

  Mexico, Argentina     104 minutes

Synopsis

Months after daughter Ger goes missing, Julia remains both devastated and frustrated by a lack of action and answers from apathetic authorities. Taking matters into her own hands, she sets out on a search, receiving help from journalists, lawyers, and activists, the vast underground network of people—mostly women—who risk their lives daily looking for lost loved ones. Based on true events and skillfully making use of documentary footage, this sensitively drawn, harrowing road movie is a journey into the darkness of femicide and forced disappearance. Through the tale of one woman’s despair, grief, and ultimate empowerment, Noise uplifts the many who work through unimaginable pain to stand against an overwhelming threat.

 Spanish with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Sun, Oct 16 @ 5:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Screening

Mon, Oct 17 @ 5:45pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Media

Film Credits

  •   María José Córdova, Karla Badillo, Rafael Ley
  •   Natalia Beristáin, Diego Enrique Osorno, Alo Valenzuela
  •   Miguel Schverdfinger AMEE
  •   Luisa Guala
  •   Dariela Ludlow AMC
  •   Julieta Egurrola, Teresa Ruiz
  •   Miguel Schverdfinger ASA
  •   Pablo Chemor
  •   Woofilms, Pasto & Pucará, Chamaca Films, Bengala

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Chile 1976

  Manuela Martelli

  Chile, Argentina, Qatar     95 minutes

Synopsis

In this tense, artful drama set during the early years of the Pinochet dictatorship, affluent matriarch Carmen heads to her family’s beach house to oversee its renovation. When she arrives, she’s asked by her priest to care for an injured young man he has taken in; she agrees, only to discover that her new charge is fleeing the military police and her act of charity has unwittingly placed her in perilous circumstances. Taut and restrained like its lead character, this quiet thriller is structured around an impossible, urgent conflict: Will Carmen protect herself and her family or stand up to a brutal regime with a simple and potentially fatal act of resistance?

 Spanish with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Thu, Oct 13 @ 3:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Screening

Sun, Oct 23 @ 11:45am CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Media

Film Credits

  •   Omar Zúñiga
  •   Manuela Martelli, Alejandra Moffat
  •   Francisca Correa
  •   Jesica Suárez
  •   Cinestación, Wood Producciones