Ariel Perelman is an attorney, like his father. And, because it is customary in Argentina to do so, the people refer to them both as Dr Perelman – regardless of whether they mean the father or the son. Yet it is not so much sharing the same name that bothers Perelman Junior as not knowing if he is beginning to look just like his father – or at least, the exact opposite. Perelman’s father is a gregarious chap. His ability to adapt makes him a little bit like Woody Allen’s character Zelig. The old man is nothing short of a chameleon. With great ease he succeeds in adopting the language, behaviour and even idiosyncrasies of each and every one of his clients. And yet, he is not even particularly interested in them. Since his wife’s death his whole life revolves around court and his chambers, where his legal secretary Norita rules the roost. Perelman Junior, however, does not know any of his clients personally. And that’s the way he likes it. He doesn’t so much practice law as maintain a somewhat abstract relationship to jurisprudence. He did try at one time to work with his father. But it felt like being condemned to dance on stage alongside Fred Astaire. For this reason he decided to keep his distance from his father’s universe and founded a family of his own. But then, one day, everything changes. All of sudden, Perelman Senior wants to spend more time with his son. And, when the old man dies, Perelman Junior is obliged to come to some rather unpleasant conclusions. –Berlinale
Daniel Burman (born 29 August 1973, Buenos Aires, Argentina) is a film director, screenplay writer, and producer. According to film critic Joel Poblete, who writes for Mabuse, a cinema magazine, Daniel Burman is one of the members of the so-called “New Argentina Cinema” which began c. 1998. Film critic Anthony Kaufman, writing for indieWIRE, an online community of independent filmmakers and aficionados, said Burman’s A Chrysanthemum Burst in Cincoesquinas (1998) has been cited as the beginning of the “New Argentine Cinema” wave.
Burman is of Polish-Jewish descent, and he was born and raised in Buenos Aires.
He holds both Argentine and Polish citizenship, like his films’ character, Ariel. He studied law before changing to audiovisual media production.
In 1995, he launched his own production company together with Diego Dubcovsky, BD Cine (Burman and Dubcovsky Cine).
Burman is a founding member of the Academy of Argentine Cinema.
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Nice film. Tough I new nothing about the him before I watched the film, he'll appear as a distinguished director in my cinematographic memory from now on. The rhythm falls down significantly in the middle of the film, yet it overcomes this failure through the end of it. For me, it rather tasted like a Dardennes' film; delicate, elegant, yet modest.