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New Argentine Cinema

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We’re thrilled to unveil one of our summer surprises, a wonderfully unruly season dedicated to the B-side of the so-called New Argentine Cinema. In the context of an unprecedented cinematic renovation lead by the groundbreaking work of now internationally revered auteurs such as Lisandro Alonso, Lucrecia Martel or Martin Rejtman, a group of young, extremely talented and fiercely independent filmmakers joined the revolution and took things even further by setting up their own new rules. Mostly part of El Pampero Cine, what has been described as Argentina’s most rebellious production company, these combatants reject the industrial infrastructure and embrace experimentation by pushing boundaries almost in every aspect of the moviemaking process, from funding to production to exhibition. Here’s a collection of fascinating, uncompromising, and utterly original films that defy all expectations, redefine “low-budget cinema”, and are certainly “100% Made in Argentina”.

Damiana Kryygi

Alejandro Fernández Mouján Argentina, 2015

expired 24 days ago

We close our New Argentine Cinema series with a work at once apart from the films which precede it while also sharing similar political ambitions. This polemic on colonialism and its many victims honors the titular Damiana Kryygi, a young girl who suffered a tragic fate at the hands of settlers.

About Twelve

Martín Shanly Argentina, 2014

expired 25 days ago

A defiantly unsentimental rendition of the all too familiar coming-of-age scenario, Martín Shanly’s debut film sheds light on the many complications that await at the gates of adolescence. As with the rest of the Argentine New Wave, this is crafted with an entirely unique ecstasy for the cinema.

Dog Lady

Laura Citarella, Verónica Llinás Argentina, 2015

expired 31 days ago

The next gem in our New Argentine Cinema series is one of El Pampero collective’s most recent triumphs. Dog Lady finds in the outstanding performance of Verónica Llinás (also co-director) an enigmatic, quietly potent screen presence able to challenge the pillars of our society without need of words.

Ostende

Laura Citarella Argentina, 2011

expired 32 days ago

Our close-up on New Argentine Cinema continues with Laura Citarella’s debut, also produced by Mariano Llinás. Set in a vacation destination emblematic since the early 20th century, Ostende is both a delightful observational comedy and a minimalistic detective story of Hitchcockian undertones.

The Gold Bug

Alejo Moguillansky, Fia-Stina Sandlund Argentina, 2014

expired 37 days ago

Our final film by Moguillansky—co-editing with Mariano Llinás, co-directing with Fia-Stina Sandlund, and writing with both!—leaps from The Parrot’s take on documentary-making into an even more undefinable mixture of genres, connecting moviemaking to treasure hunting, national history and politics.

The Parrot and the Swan

Alejo Moguillansky Argentina, 2013

expired 38 days ago

Moguillansky’s next feature after Castro (between which he edited a film by the great Matías Piñeiro), continues the director’s surprises, wittiness, and cheerfully off-kilter filmmaking approach willing to take risks and make jokes. Dance, love, a film within a film—this one knows few boundaries.

Castro

Alejo Moguillansky Argentina, 2009

expired 39 days ago

Next in our focus on New Argentine cinema we turn to director Alejo Moguillansky, also part of the El Pampero Cine company and who edited Extraordinary Stories. This, his second film, is a frenetic, existentialist action movie shot with lean agility and an eye for the absurd. A true fleet pleasure.

Extraordinary Stories

Mariano Llinás Argentina, 2008

expired 45 days ago

We follow up Llinas’ terrific debut with the film that made him an international cinema hero. Clocking at 4 hours, Extraordinary Stories is an unashamedly overwhelming cinematic phenomenon, a strange artifact that brilliantly entwines myriads of narratives and a glorious celebration of storytelling.

Balnearios

Mariano Llinás Argentina, 2002

expired 46 days ago

We’re thrilled to launch a series dedicated to the New Argentine Cinema. If the country’s festival presence is so prominent, it’s largely due to El Pampero, a group of rebellious, innovative filmmakers that have redefined low-budget cinema. This gem, full of irony and humor, inaugurates their work.

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