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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: October 5, 2006
Contact: Margot Gerber
Tel: (323) 461-2020, ext. 115

 

THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS

THE 4th ANNUAL NEW ARGENTINE CINEMA SERIES

AT THE AERO AND EGYPTIAN THEATRES

Presented in association with the Consulate General & Promotion Center of the Argentine Republic and INCAA (Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales).

 

With the collaboration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship.

October 27 -28 at the Egyptian Theatre

October 29 at the Aero Theatre

 

HOLLYWOOD – The American Cinematheque presents the 4th Annual New Argentine Cinema, October 27 – 28 at the Egyptian Theatre and October 29 at the Aero Theatre. This 4th edition of the New Argentine Cinema Series, boast an impressive line-up of Los Angeles Premieres including director Tristan Bauer’s popular and critically acclaimed ILLUMINADOS POR EL FUEGO, a film about a veteran’s life during and after the Malvinas/Falklands War; Adolfo Aristarain’s ROMA, a biopic of famous novelist Joaquin Gonez; director Jose Luis Masa’s animated film PATOROZITO: LA GRAND ADVENTURA, a second installment featuring Patorozito, a cartoon icon that has delighted Argentine children for many generations and Damian Szifron’s TIEMPO DE VALIENTES, a screwball comedy/social critique, and MOON OF AVELLANEDA, the story of a neighborhood institution, a social club that may have to be turned into a casino or close forever in hard economic times, all screening at The Egyptian. And at The Aero, there will be a screening of two moody, unorthodox thrillers, NINE QUEENS and EL AURA, as a double feature tribute to the late, great Fabien Bielinsky, who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly while working on a project in Sao Paulo, Brazil this year. All films will be shown in Spanish language with English subtitles. Screenings are at the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the historic 1922 Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Las Palmas) in Hollywood and/or at the Max Palevsky Theatre at the Aero Theatre (1328 Montana Ave) in Santa Monica. Tickets are available online at www.fandango.com. All guests subject to availability.

 

Friday, October 27, 2006: Egyptian Theatre

The Friday, October 27th program is a 7:30 PM Los Angeles Premiere of ROMA, (2004, Sogepaq, 155 min.) directed by Adolfo Aristarain. Manuel Cueto (Juan Diego Botto) a young Argentine journalist has been hired to transcribe the memoirs of famous novelist Joaquin Gonez (Jose Sacristan) who is retired in Spain. Through brilliant dialogue and flashbacks, the whole life of the writer unfolds from a perfect childhood in a suburban Buenos Aires barrio with his mother Roma (Susu Pecoraro) and father (Gustavo Garzon) to the turmoil of the 1960’s dictatorship. This slice-of-life of a typical free-thinking Argentinian is also the historical drama of the filmmaker Adolfo Aristarain himself. Cocktail Reception starting at 6:30 PM in the courtyard.

 

Saturday, October 28, 2006: Egyptian Theatre – Family Matinee

The Saturday, October 28th program is a 3:00 PM Los Angeles Premiere of PATOROZITO: LA GRAND ADVENTURA (2006, Patagonik, 75 min.), directed by Jose Luis Masa. Ever since the Indian cacique was born from the comics of Dante Quinteros, Patorozito has delighted numerous generations of Argentine children. In this second installment, Patoruzito embarks on even more amazing quests in the Patagonian region resulting in a most charming animated adventure tale about a young boy and his family who live in the outback. Discussion following with director Jose Luis Masa.

Following at 5:30 PM is the Los Angeles Premiere of ILUMINADOS POR EL FUEGO (2006, Latidos Films, 100 min.), directed by Tristan Bauer. Considered to be the most important film ever made on this subject of the Malvinas/Falklands War in the South Atlantic. Through a subtitle flashback narrative style, the life of Esteban Leguizamon (Gaston Pauls), is told after his suicide. He was drafted into a war that he didn’t ask to be part of, with no food, no weapons and no training - he was later abandoned as a veteran in a society trying to ignore that terrible political disaster. Tristan Bauer’s multi-award-winning feature is surely the most powerful and important of the films coming out of Argentina this year.

 

Following is an 8:00 PM Double Feature. First up is the Los Angeles Premiere of TIEMPO DE VALIENTES (2005, TF1, 112 min.). Using Jewish humor and screwball-comedy in his second feature film, director Damian Szifron explores the tandem-buddy-picture-style pioneered in the spaghetti westerns of Bud Spencer and Terence Hill. Psychoanalyst, Mariano (Diego Peretti) is assigned to community service and must accompany overweight and depressed Alfredo Diaz (Luis Luque) in his rounds. The film mixes gags with social criticism.

Next on the same bill is MOON OF AVELLANEDA (LUNA DE AVELLANEDA), (2004, 143 min.), directed by Juan Jose Campanella. A classic Argentine neighborhood club that has seen great splendor in past times is currently immersed in a great economical crisis that puts its existence in jeopardy. The only possible solution seems to be to turn the club into a Casino, which would greatly conflict with the ideals and intentions which the entity was founded during the 1940’s: a club for social gathering, cultural enrichment and sports. The descendants of the original founders will debate with themselves the possibility of saving the club at any price. With Ricardo Darin (NINE QUEENS), Valeria Bertuccelli (HERMANAS) and Mercedes Morán (THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES).

 

Sunday, October 29, 2006: Aero Theatre

The Sunday, October 29th program is a 6:30 PM Double Feature. First up is NINE QUEENS, (2000, Sony Classics, 114 min.). Late writer/director Fabian Bielinsky’s first thriller brought Argentine cinema back to the foreground. Rookie Gaston Paul and master Ricardo Darin are partners in crime in counterfeiting stamps. This explosive cocktail of thieves, con-men and pickpockets was shot in modern-day Buenos Aires, in a handheld camera style to organically capture the environment. With a gallery of well-drawn character roles. Already a classic!

Next on the same bill is EL AURA, (2005, IFC Films, 134 min.) directed by Fabian Bielinsky. A taciturn and epileptic taxidermist (Ricardo Darin) who is bored with people, spends his days dreaming up the perfect heist. But he will soon be involved in theft, double crosses and murder. Reminiscent of the Coen Brothers’ muted, atmospheric style, with a camera that lingers lovingly on lonely rural landscapes where dreadful things unfold. There’s no room for emotion other than thrilling, nervewracking suspense in this noirish world where greed alone drives virtually all of the characters.

Acclaimed Argentine director Fabian Bielinsky was only 47-years-old when he died suddenly of a heart attack while doing pre-production on a commercial in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2006. Argentina lost one of it’s shining lights of the contemporary film industry, a filmmaker who had been redefining the thriller genre with techincal skill, emotional complexity and uncanny intuition.

 

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A complete calendar/flyer listing of these films is available on our website.

General Admission is $10. Double Features are two films for one admission price.

There is generally a 7 – 10 minute intermission between films.

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REQUESTS FOR PRESS TICKETS TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS AND INTERVIEW REQUESTS:

TICKET REQUESTS MUST BE IN WRITING AND SHOULD BE FAXED TO 323-461-9737 ATTN: MARGOT GERBER, 24 HOURS PRIOR TO SHOW TIME. THURSDAY AT 6 PM IS THE ABSOLUTE

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JOURNALISTS WISHING TO AUDIO OR VIDEOTAPE DISCUSSIONS MUST ALSO SEND A FAXED REQUEST. IF YOUR REQUEST IS ACCEPTED, YOU WILL PICK UP YOUR TICKETS THE NIGHT OF

THE SHOW AT THE BOX OFFICE. Details at: http://www.americancinematheque.com/pressreleases/pressticketpolicies.htm

 

 

 

THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

Our permanent daily attraction film FOREVER HOLLYWOOD no longer screens Saturdays & Sundays at 2 PM & 3:30 PM. It will screen only with historic tours. Screening dates will be on our website. For press passes to see it for review purposes, please call Margot Gerber at 323.461.2020, ext. 115. Upcoming public tours and screenings of FOREVER HOLLYWOOD are at 10:30 AM followed by the film at 11:35 AM.

 

2006 UPCOMING PROGRAMS

 

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