Argentina: A National Cinema In Movement

It is difficult to think through the current state of Argentine cinema to try to find elements that connect the films with one another. Unlike what happened in the 1960s and 1990s, when, despite differences, it was possible to speak of "generations" and "new" cinemas, today in Argentine cinema a sort of chaos reigns, revealing a vitality and variety not easily experienced in the cinemas of other countries. Though the four films in this year's World Cinema Spotlight share certain themes—moving away from home, facing job uncertainty, the not always healthy advances of progress—they are themselves a demonstration and an affirmation of that diversity. We probably ought not to speak of a generation, though we certainly can of movement—lots of movement.

Read more about the current state of Argentine cinema in this article by Cecilia Barrionuevo & Marcelo Alderete

World Cinema Spotlight Titles


The Future Perfect

April 12, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Roxie Theater

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April 14, 2017, 8:45 p.m.
BAMPFA

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April 19, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
Victoria Theatre

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Eighteen-year-old Xiaobin travels from China to Buenos Aires to join her conservative family members who refuse to learn Spanish. They want her to stay within their culture, but she rebels, taking a Spanish class where new lessons learned often lead to involved fantasies, like a “future perfect.” Locarno prizewinner Wohlatz recruited most of the cast from language schools, and brilliantly uses their innocence and naiveté to create an atmosphere of spontaneity, realism, and camaraderie. Read More

Hermia & Helena

April 11, 2017, 6:15 p.m.
Roxie Theater

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April 13, 2017, 8:45 p.m.
BAMPFA

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April 18, 2017, 3:30 p.m.
Victoria Theatre

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Foreknowledge of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is by no means required to enjoy Argentine writer-director Matías Piñeiro’s quasi-adaptation, in which a young theater director comes to New York from Buenos Aires on a fellowship to translate Shakespeare’s play into Spanish—and discovers its relation to her life. Piñeiro handles heady stuff with a wonderfully light touch, and the film casts a lasting spell with its genuine intimacy, ephemeral beauty, and unpretentious vitality. Read More

The Human Surge

April 14, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Roxie Theater

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April 15, 2017, 8:30 p.m.
YBCA Screening Room

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Eduardo Williams has steadily made a name for himself with a series of indelible shorts featuring young protagonists adrift in strange environments. In his debut feature, a prizewinner at Locarno, he takes the premise further, crafting a dreamlike three-part drama where youths from Argentina, Mozambique, and the Philippines are connected by invisible, electronic, or even subterranean means. Consistently inventive, The Human Surge burrows into three continents and finds surprising associations. Read More

The Winter

April 14, 2017, 8:30 p.m.
Alamo Drafthouse New Mission

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April 15, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
BAMPFA

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In Emiliano Torres’s observant, measured feature debut, the onset of winter affects both the aging foreman of a hardscrabble Patagonian sheep ranch and the younger man who comes to work for the season. Austerely set against the strata of sky and scrub brush in cinematographer Ramiro Civita’s stark widescreen vistas, Torres’s tale never loses sight of its human struggle between two very different men.  Read More