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Award-winning movies of prestigious Argentine film makers, Argentine Film Critics Association Awards. Spanish and English subtitles are available.

FILM SHOWCASE
 

The annual Argentina Festival returns this November in its 7th anniversary! This year we have award-winning Argentine movies of various genres on showcase at University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Asia Society Hong Kong Center, Macau University of Science and Technology and Rui Cunha Foundation. Make sure you don’t miss the chance to FEEL Argentina! The movies are in Spanish with English subtitles. 

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PENINSULA MITRE

1 NOVEMBER 2018 (THU) @ 7:00pm

Venue: The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road        

Room CPD  LG.34,  LG/F Central Podium,  HKU.

(HKU MTR Exit C1 and go near Lee Shau Kee Lecture Center)

Light refreshments and popcorn will be served 30 mins prior to the movie projection.

88 min. - Documentary

- Director: Joaquín and Julián Azulay
- Producers:  Joaquín and Julián Azulay
- Production Company: Gauchos del Mar
- Stars:  Julian Azulay, Joaquin Azulay, Sergio Anselmino, Pati Vargas, Luis Andrade

Highlights: 

- Awards: Surf Film: Cinematography Best 
- Surfari Film Festival:  Best Film

 

Peninsula Mitre: The Gauchos del Mar brothers perform an unprecedented expedition by foot with 35kgs+ on their backs during 53 days on the easternmost tip of Tierra del Fuego Province, a pristine area where no one lives. The brothers have the goal of surfing a world-class wave never ridden before at the Cape San Diego Lighthouse, the most easterly point. To get there they overcome heavy terrains, scarcity of food and harsh climate. With no communication whatsoever they document the region and decide to share their message of environmentalism, avoiding consumerism and living simply in order to protect Peninsula Mitre forever!

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THIRST,  invasion drop by drop / SED, invasión gota a gota

7 NOVEMBER 2018 (WED) @ 7:00pm

Venue: The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road

CPD-LG.18, Lee Shau Kee Lecture Centre
LG/F Centennial Campus, HKU.

(Near Exit C1 of HKU Station) 
Light refreshments and popcorn will be served 30 mins prior to the movie projection.

72 min. - Documentary 

- Director: Mausi Martínez
- Producers:  Luis Barone 
- Stars: Viggo Mortensen

Highlights:

- Awards: Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards 2006: Winner 
- Silver Condor: Best Screenplay Documentary (Mejor Guión Documental) Mausi Martínez 

Thirst, invasion drop by drop: Filmed in locations around The Guarani aquifer, a big repository of water, capable of supplying all the population of the planet for four hundred years, a resource under the watch of foreign economies, and in ecologic danger. The Guarani aquifer is owned by Argentina, Brasil, Paraguay and Uruguay.

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A BOYFRIEND FOR MY WIFE / UN NOVIO PARA MI MUJER

8 NOVEMBER 2018 (THU) @ 7:30pm

Venue: Hong Kong Arts Centre Cinema
Upper Basement, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Light refreshments and popcorn will be served 40 mins prior to the movie projection.

107 min. - Romantic Comedy - Not Suitable for Children

- Director: Juan Taratuto
- Writer: Pablo Solarz
- Stars: Adrián Suar, Valeria Bertuccelli, Gabriel Goity

Highlights:

- Awards: 2008: Sur Awards: Best Actress: Valeria Bertuccelli 

A boyfriend for my wife:  Tenso (Adrián Suar) doesn't know how to deal with his wife, Tana (Valeria Bertuccelli); how to tell her that he wants to separate because the relationship is a completely mess due to her terrible temper. She constantly lives in a bad mood: if she doesn't complain about the weather she does about the government; if she doesn't complain about the neighbors she does about the teenagers... or whatever. Carlos, a friend of Tenso, suggests him to invert the situation... and cause Tana to leave him. Tenso wonders how, and Carlos has a suggestion: to hire the Cuervo Flores (Gabriel Goity), an old irresistible seducer that will try to charm his wife until she falls in love with him, and so, the Tenso finally finds the solution to his problems... Written by Roberto Arévalo. 

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THE LAST SUIT / EL ULTIMO TRAJE 

8 NOVEMBER 2018 (THU) @ 9:00pm, Jewish Film Festival

Venue: Asia Society Hong Kong Center
9 Justice Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong

For details & reservation, visit:  www.hkjff.org 

92 min. - Drama
- Director: Pablo Solarz
- Writer: Pablo Solarz
- Stars: Miguel Ángel Solá, Ángela Molina, Martín Piroyansky, Natalia Verbek

The Last Suit:  Abraham Bursztein, an 88-year old Jewish tailor, leaves Buenos Aires for Poland, where he will try to find the man who saved him from a certain death after surviving Auschwitz. Escaping from his family who wanted to put him in a nursing home, against all odds, after more than seven decades with no news from him, Abraham will attempt to find his old friend and fulfill his promise of returning one day to tell him all about the life he had thanks to his courage. 

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WILD TALES / RELATOS SALVAJES

12 NOVEMBER, 2018 (MON) @ 7:00pm
Venue: Macau University of Science and Technology, D Hall of MUST, Macau

For reservation: Tel. (853) 8897-2313, email: maca@must.edu.mo 

122 min. - Drama/Mystery/Suspense
- Director: Damián Szifron
- Writers: Damián Szifron 
- Stars:  Ricardo Darín, Érica Rivas, Oscar Martínez, Leonardo Sbaraglia

 

Highlights:

- Academy Awards : Best Foreign Language Film: Nominated 
- Ariel Awards : Best Ibero-American Film: Won Biarritz Film Festival : Audience Award: Won
- Best Actress : Érica Rivas: Won British Academy Film Award: Best Film Not in the English Language:     
- Damián Szifron: Won

Wild Tales: Six short stories that explore the extremities of human behavior involving people in distress. Inequality, injustice and the demands of the world we live in cause stress and depression for many people. Some of them, however, explode. This is a movie about those people. Vulnerable in the face of a reality that shifts and suddenly turns unpredictable, the characters of Wild Tales cross the thin line that divides civilization and barbarism. A lover's betrayal, a return to the repressed past and the violence woven into everyday encounters drive the characters to madness as they cede to the undeniable pleasure of losing control.

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ON PROBATION / TIEMPO DE VALIENTES

19 NOVEMBER, 2018 (MON) @ 7:00pm

Venue: Macau University of Science and Technology, D Hall of MUST, Macau

For reservation: Tel. (853) 8897-2313, email: maca@must.edu.mo

112 min. - Thriller/Crime Comedy
- Director:  Damián Szifron

- Writers:  Damián Szifron
- Stars:  Luis Luque, Diego Peretti

 

Highlights:

- Awards: Málaga Spanish Film Festival, Málaga, Spain: Silver Biznaga; Best Latin American Actor, Luis Luque; 2006.

- Peñíscola Comedy Film Festival, Peñíscola, Spain: Best Actor, Diego Peretti; Best Director, Damián Szifron; Best Film, Damián Szifron; 2006.

- Biarritz International Festival of Latin American Cinema, Biarritz, France: Audience Award, Damián Szifron; 2006.

On Probation: Alfredo Díaz (Luis Luque) is a cop who falls in depression after discovering that his wife has been cheating on him. Mariano Silverstein (Diego Peretti), a psychologist assigned by the force, tries to help Alfredo to deal with his problem. When Alfredo is invited to dinner to Silverstein's home, he unmasks Silverstein's wife, who also has an affair, which causes the psychologist and the cop to switch roles. Díaz takes Silverstein with him on many adventures as both begin to unravel a criminal conspiracy of national proportions.

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THE AURA / EL AURA 

21 NOVEMBER 2018 (WED) @ 7:30pm

Venue: Hong Kong Arts Centre Cinema
Upper Basement, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Light refreshments and popcorn will be served 40 mins prior to the movie projection.

 

 

 

28 NOVEMBER 2018 (WED) @ 7:00pm
Venue: Rui Cunha Foundation

Auditorium, 1/F.Av. Da Praia Grande, No. 749, Macau

For reservation: Tel: (853) 2835-6698, www.latinamericanfestival.org

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138 min. - Drama/Comedy - Not Suitable for Young Persons and Children
- Director:  Fabián Bielinsky 
- Writers:  Fabián Bielinsky
- Stars:  Ricardo Darín, Dolores Fonzi, Alejandro Awada, Pablo Cedrón

 

Highlights:

- Awards: Cartagena Film Festival, Colombia: Best Director, Fabián Bielinsky 2005 
- Nominations: San Sebastián International Film Festival: Golden Seashell, Fabián Bielinsky 2005

The Aura:  In neo-noir fashion El Aura narrates in the first person the hallucinating voyage of Espinoza, a quiet, cynical taxidermist, who suffers epilepsy attacks, and is obsessed with committing the perfect crime.
He claims that the cops are too stupid to find out about it when it's well executed, and that the robbers are too stupid to execute it the right way; and that he could do it himself relying on his photographic memory and his strategic planning skills. On his first ever hunting trip, in the calm of the Patagonian forest, with one squeeze of the trigger his dreams are made real. Espinoza has accidentally killed a man who turns out to be a real criminal and he inherits his scheme: the heist of an armored truck carrying casino profits. Moved by morbid curiosity, and later by an inexorable flow of events, the taxidermist sees himself thrown into his fantasies, piece by piece completing a puzzle irremediably encircling him. And he does it while struggling with his greatest weakness: epilepsy. Before each seizure he is visited by the "aura": a paradoxical moment of confusion and enlightenment where the past and future seem to blend.