Nov 9-13, 2017

Argentina

DIRECTED BY CARLOS SAURA

Run Time: 85 mins Argentina Language: Spanish

Synopsis

From the Pampas to the Andes, from the Mapuche Indians to the life of villagers who sing of their nostalgia in cafes, from the world of the Gauchos to that of today’s big cities, Argentina plunges us into the heart of traditional Argentine music, via a succession of choreographed tableaux retracing the country’s rich multicultural history. Critically acclaimed filmmaker Carlos Saura (Tango, Flamenco, Carmen, Cria Cuervos) celebrates Argentine folklore and its stunning musical heritage in this engaging tribute.

Argentina explores the heart of traditional Argentine folklore, retracing a history rich in original culture. The mise en scène of the dance mixed with awe-inspiring traditional songs performed by the musicians make it unique. Poetic, riveting and moving, this live performance choreographed by Carlos Saura evokes the entire history of Argentina set to the tune of guitars and accordions.

Carlos Saura’s Argentina is really a concert film, unique in that the only spectator is the camera…. No one’s shoulders block your view; you’re alone with the cinematographer and dozens of singers, dancers, drummers, and other musicians, fine artists communing with their folkloric roots. Generations of Argentinians, from a wizened woman vocalist to bola masters to a fresh-faced pianist in a formal suit, express their love of country and their leftist politics; in one scene, young students in white jackets sit transfixed at old-fashioned school desks — and by the projected images of the region and songs of the late Mercedes Sosa.

Elizabeth Zimmer, Village Voice

From the Pampas to the Andes, from the Mapuche Indians to the life of villagers who sing of their nostalgia in cafes, from the world of the Gauchos to that of today’s big cities, Argentina plunges us into the heart of traditional Argentine music, via a succession of choreographed tableaux retracing the country’s rich multicultural history. Critically acclaimed filmmaker Carlos Saura (Tango, Flamenco, Carmen, Cria Cuervos) celebrates Argentine folklore and its stunning musical heritage in this engaging tribute.

Argentina explores the heart of traditional Argentine folklore, retracing a history rich in original culture. The mise en scène of the dance mixed with awe-inspiring traditional songs performed by the musicians make it unique. Poetic, riveting and moving, this live performance choreographed by Carlos Saura evokes the entire history of Argentina set to the tune of guitars and accordions.

Carlos Saura’s Argentina is really a concert film, unique in that the only spectator is the camera…. No one’s shoulders block your view; you’re alone with the cinematographer and dozens of singers, dancers, drummers, and other musicians, fine artists communing with their folkloric roots. Generations of Argentinians, from a wizened woman vocalist to bola masters to a fresh-faced pianist in a formal suit, express their love of country and their leftist politics; in one scene, young students in white jackets sit transfixed at old-fashioned school desks — and by the projected images of the region and songs of the late Mercedes Sosa.

Elizabeth Zimmer, Village Voice

Film Details

ARGENTINA, 2015
DIRECTED BY CARLOS SAURA
WRITTEN BY CARLOS SAURA
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY FÉLIX MONTI
EDITED BY CÉSAR CUSTODIO, IARA RODRIGUEZ VILARDEBÓ
MUSIC BY LITO VITALE
CAST: EL CHAQUEÑO PALAVECINO, SOLEDAD PASTORUTTI (“LA SOLE”), LILIANA HERRERO, LUIS SALINAS, JAIME TORRES, METABOMBO, BALLET NUEVO ARTE NATIVO, LITO VITALE
RUNNING TIME: 85 MINS

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