Argentina/Spain, 2008, 105 minutes
Fri, May 1 / 9:30 / Clay / PARA01Y
Sun, May 3 / 12:15 / Kabuki / PARA03K
Tue, May 5 / 4:00 / Kabuki / PARA05K
First-time feature director Gabriel Medina’s wry comedy of errors is emblematic of the inventive and stylistically dexterous cinema emerging from Argentina. Luciano is an aimless loner who works children’s birthday parties for a living. When not pretending to advance his screenplay, he partakes in illicit substances, lives in fear of contracting STDs and is terrified of his doorman. He’s a coward afraid to face the realities of life, and he knows it. He depends on his boyhood friend Manuel for the use of his apartment and occasional screenwriting gigs. Manuel, a well-connected TV producer who travels the world closing television deals and making money, is the polar opposite of Luciano. When Manuel returns to Buenos Aires with his beautiful girlfriend Sofía in tow, Luciano’s ineptness is in full bloom. Despite a series of hilarious mishaps, Manuel offers Luciano a lucrative job writing an episode of the successful Spanish television show for which he is developing an Argentine version. When Manuel leaves town on business, Sofía stays behind in the apartment. In a satisfying ironic twist, she gradually begins to warm up to Luciano’s idiosyncrasies. From Luciano’s point of view, this is the worst thing that could happen—or perhaps the best. Playing Luciano in an outstanding performance is the king of understated Latin American slacker comedy, Daniel Hendler (25 Watts, Whisky, Queens).
New Directors Prize Contender. U.S. Premiere.