Showing posts with label argentina. Show all posts
Showing posts with label argentina. Show all posts

11 March 2015

Social Media Unveils It's 'dark side' In The Horror Short Alexia

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If your under a certain age and own a smart phone your life probably evolves around social media especially Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, etc... If you know what Facebook is and have a profile if you ever thought what would happen to that profile after you die? It seems in Argentina  it's a bit of an phenomenon a sadistically sinister one of following profiles after death and in Andres Borghi's short film Alexia all will be unveiled.

After the death of his girlfriend Alexia follows a young man dealing with the repercussions of keeping her social profile runnng. As he attempts sever his part of everything it looks like things aren't as easy as he first thought.



12 March 2013

GFF2013 - Everybody Has a Plan (Todos tenemos un plan) Review

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Ana Piterbarg's Argentinean drama, Everybody Has a Plan, may be lying as I struggled to detect a clear plan in it whatsoever.

Everybody Has a Plan follows Agustin, a middle-class man who seeks an escape from the confines of his life and family. The arrival of his criminal and terminally ill twin brother, Pedro, provides that escape. Agustin murders Pedro, yet soon becomes embroiled in his deceased brother's criminal past.

The main issue with Everybody Has a Plan, is the sheer lack of narrative drive and focus with the feature lethargically dragging from one scene to another. A narrative involving the relationship between twins should be thrilling (Just look at Dead Ringers, or even Van Damme's Douple Impact), but this only receives around ten minutes of screen time here. Instead we see Agustin venture to rural Argentina and lay low in a shack, for what feels like an eternity.

Quiet, low-energy narratives can work if building a sense of foreboding or with the aim of escalating to something more substantial, however this never seems to arrive in Everybody Has a Plan. Pitebarg's feature lacks any sense of atmosphere or passion, and I struggle to interpret exactly what sort of audience this is aimed at. Surely it is not Viggo Mortensen fans? Mortensen is the least-engaging that I've ever seen him , in a performance void of depth or sense of natural charisma. Whilst in this mode, Mortensen struggles to carry the film independently, instead simply merging into the scenery.

Pitebarg does successfully capture the picturesque quality of the rural Argentina, showcasing the rural shacks set amidst the gloomy canals. However, this is unlikely to maintain your interest for the somewhat bloated 118 minute runtime.

Despite high hopes, Everybody Has a Plan lacks any narrative drive, simply trundling along at a snail's pace. A flat performance from Mortensen and lack of atmosphere, further the tedious nature of Piterbarg's feature.

Andrew McArthur


Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Soledad Villamil, Daniel Fanego
Director: Ana Piterbarg
Certificate: 15 (UK)
Release: 10th May 2013 (UK)21st February 2013 (Glasgow Film Festival)

10 August 2010

UK Trailer For Oscar Winning El secreto de sus ojos(The Secret In Their Eyes)

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source Traileraddict
This year's Oscar ceremony the award for Best foreign movie raised a few eyebrows when relatively unknown outside its native Argentina when El secreto de sus ojos (The Secret In Their Eyes) won the award.
The movie was quickly snapped up up by Sony Picture Classics label and quickly started to do the rounds around the world why it deserved the award beating off the likes of Ajami, A Prophet, White Ribbon and The Milk of Sorrow. I remember the ceremony well with the presenter assuming White Ribbon or A Prophet was going to win and her shock when it went to the Argentian movie.
The movie is now finally going to be released cinematically on Friday in UK & Ireland and I've just had a read of the Empire magazine review and they gave it a 5/5 and I hope to check it out myself on Friday. Synopsis and trailer after the break...

13 March 2010

Fantastic trailer for Argentinian Thriller Cano Dorado

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source TwitchFilm
Argentina are a country reknowned for creating many crime thriller movies by the dozen, its like the countries filmakers where born to make these movies and below is an exceptional movie called Cano Dorado (The Golden Gun).
Many Argentian thrillers seem to be very slow paced, stylish ala arthouse but Cano Dorado  directed by Eduardo Pinto is very much different, raw in your face and full of energy very refreshing for the country's movie industry and I would have no quarrels of watching this, great stuff.

Here's the movie's synopsis which was posted on TwitchFilm:

This is the story of Panceta, a young laborer from one of the poorer suburbs in Greater Buenos Aires. He lives with his mother, a widow, who greatly misses her husband, as does Panceta his father. Panceta's life is focused on his work: he's taken over his fathers forge, as well as working at a pipe factory. But his ambitions to make money have made him turn to manufacturing home-made guns and selling them in the outlying districts. Inexperienced and unaware of the danger, he is challenged by the local mafia.

One night when delivering his guns he meets Clara, a young girl working at the local community hall. They fall in love and decide to run away, going off in a freeing boat trip along the river. A man in love becomes an easy prey for his enemies, especially for Tacom, a powerful local mafia boss.

What had begun as a game turns grey and ever darker - the consequences are tragic and tormenting.