|Argentina: New Cinema III
Presented in association with the Consulate General
& Promotion Center of the Argentine Republic and INCAA (Instituto Nacional de Cine y
With the collaboration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International
Trade and Worship.
After the success of the last two years' New Argentine Cinema Series, were
thrilled to be back with an impressive line-up of LA Premieres including the official
Argentine submission for this years Academy Awards, Daniel Burmans fresh and
funny EL ABRAZO PARTIDO. Alejandro Agresti (VALENTIN) is back with a look at the
traumatic effect of the past dictatorship, UN MUNDO MENOS PEOR; and Hector
Olivera presents a portrait of Evita Perons brother Juan Duarte, a man of sexual and
political intrigue in AY, JUANCITO. Other premieres include this year's animated
box office hit, PATUROZITO, and a look at the first two episodes of a great new
thriller for Argentine television, "EPITAFIOS." Plus festival
crowd-pleaser, Santiago Carlos Oves tender CONVERSASIONES CON MAMÁ and Raul
R. Peilas huge Argentine box-office hit, PELIGROSA OBSESION.
Argentine Cinema is enjoying one of its finest moments in history now, with the
nation's films making a strong impact on the international festival circuit. Starting with
Martin Rejtmans RAPADO (1991), a young generation of directors have emerged from the
new cinema schools founded in the early 1990s. More government funding in the
mid-1990s led to such arthouse successes as NINE QUEENS and THE SON OF THE BRIDE.
The latest prime example, Pablo Trapero (WORLDS CRANE, EL BONAERENSE), one of the
pillars of Argentinas New Wave, is back with his third feature FAMILIA RODANTE
featured in this year's AFI festival.
Were extremely happy to be welcoming directors Hector
Olivera, José Luis Massa and Daniel Burman and actress Leticia Brédice to the Lloyd E.
Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian.
All films are in Spanish with English subtitles.
Friday, November 19 - 7:00 PM
AY, JUANCITO, 2004, Aries Cinematografica, 115 min. Dir.
Hector Olivera. The true story of the rise and fall of Juan Ramón Duarte (Adrián
Navarro), Evitas only brother, a charming social climber whose days of glory and
crisis run side by side with the rise and fall of Juan Domingo Peron. Ex-traveling
salesman, Juan becomes extremely influential as Perons personal secretary and the
"most sought-after bachelor in the country." Using his influence and false
promises to seduce women, Juancito intense love life alternates between the
understanding blonde, the jealous redhead, ambitious starlet and businesswoman alike. A
story of love, politics and history. With Norma Leandro, Leticia Brédice. For Mature Audiences only. Discussion following director
Hector Olivera and actress Leticia Brédice.
Friday, November 19 - 9:45 PM
CONVERSACIONES CON MAMÁ (TALKING WITH MUM), 2004,
Primer Plano, 90 min. Dir. Santiago Carlos Oves. Pressured by his wife, unemployed
middle aged Jaime (Eduardo Blanco) needs to sell his Buenos Aires apartment, but his
aging, strong-willed mother (China Zorilla) is living in it. A series of bittersweet
conversations between mother and son follow over the kitchen table. With Ulises Dumont.
Winner of Best Latin-American Film at the Montreal Film Festival this year.
Saturday, November 20 & Sunday, November 21
Egyptian Theatre Historic Tours & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD
10:30 AM Behind The Scenes Tour
11:30 AM FOREVER HOLLYWOOD
Saturday, November 20 - 5:00 PM
PATORUZITO, 2004, Patagonik, 75 min. Dir. José Luis
Massa Since the mid-1940s, the comic book exploits of the diminutive,
ever-smiling Indian Patoruzito have delighted Argentine audiences. Finally adapted into a
feature-length film, PATORUZITO has turned out to be a huge box office success with both
parents and children. Witness our irrepressible little hero defeats the forces of evil
once more to save his ancient, sacred city! Discussion
following with director José Luis Massa.
Saturday, November 20 - 7:00 PM
UN MUNDO MENOS PEOR (A WORLD LESS BAD), 2004,
Patagonik, 92 min. The latest film by director Alejandro Agresti (VALENTIN) once
more explores the effect of past dictatorship on Argentine society. Seriously ill, Isabel
(Monica Galan) moves, with her two daughters, to a seaside town trying to reunite with her
re-discovered "lost" husband who she thought had died in jail during the
military rule. The family and the community struggle with the past, slowly healing. Music
by Philippe Sarde. With Julieta Cardinali.
WHISKEY, ROMEO, ZULU, 2004, Aquafilms, 105 min.
First time filmmaker Enrique Pineyro directs and stars in this fact-based thriller
about a conscientious pilot for a low-fare airline struggling to keep his flights safe
when maintenance and safety standards are ignored in favor of the bottom line. When he
refuses to fly one particular flight because of violations, hes suspended by the
company. His subsequent decision to blow the whistle to a government commission causes a
frantic scrambling of spin doctors to cover the companys tracks and label him
mentally disturbed. An unflinching, fascinating look at endemic, institutionalized
corruption. With Alejandro Awada, Mercedes Morán.
Saturday, November 20 - 8:00 PM- Spielberg
"EPITAFIOS" (EPITAPH), 2004, HBO LatinAmerica,
100 min. Dirs. Alberto Lecchi, Jorge Nisco. Episode 1 & 2. Responsible for the
death of four school children in a hostage situation and ravaged by guilt, Renzo Marquez
leaves the police force. Five years later, a mutilated dead body reunites the team who
handled the case: Renzo the policeman, Benitez the commissioner and Laura Santini the
therapist. Everything leads to a dramatic climax -- a killer on-the-loose has set a
well-planned revenge. With each new dead body an epitaph is found attached. The first
installments of a 13 episode suspense thriller - an example of the best of Argentine TV.
With Julio Chávez, Paola Krum Antonio Birabent Cecilia Roth.
Saturday, November 20 11:00 PM
PELIGROSA OBSESION (DANGEROUS OBSESSION), 2004,
Patagonik Film Group, 126 min. Dir. Raul R. Peila. A colossal box-office success in Argentina, this narco-thriller
tracks unsuspecting Javier (Pablo Echarri) running a gauntlet of killers and dubious
allies after he suddenly discovers his father's company is a front for drug smugglers.
Unfortunately our hero keeps having the rug pulled out from under him as the DEA, corrupt
cops, a sexy Brazilian journalist and his own flesh-and blood yank him in as many
different directions. A tough, fast moving action film that draws the audience in with
each step Javier makes. With Mariano Martinez, Carol Castro.
Sunday, November 21 - 5:00 PM
EL ABRAZO PARTIDO (LOST EMBRACE), 2003, New Yorker
Films, 99 min. Dir. Daniel Burman. Handsome, 20-year old Jewish Ariel Makaroff is
working with his mother, in a women's lingerie shop in the fabric district of Buenos
Aires, while fantasizing about women and seeking the salvation of a European passport.
With his self-deprecating sense of humor and a style reminiscent of Woody Allen, Ariel
reflects on his life - a well-observed comedy with a documentary feel Buenos Aires life as
viewed through a decaying, multi-ethnic mall. EL ABRAZO PARTIDO is the official Argentine
submission for the upcoming Academy Awards. "Telling its big story through
small details, Daniel Burman's distinctive, subtly effective fourth feature feature paints
an unusually affirmative picture of multicultural existence."-- Variety. Discussion following with director Daniel Burman.