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American Film Market: Juan Vera Talks ‘Love at Last Sight,’ Ricardo Darín, Argentine Growth

American Film Market: Juan Vera Talks ‘Love at Last Sight,’ Ricardo Darín, Argentine Growth
It’s never too late for love, as Juan Vera’s feature “Love at Last Sight” suggests. Equally, it’s never too late to direct. A case in point, Vera, who almost qualifies as an institution on Argentina’s production scene, is directing his first feature 26 years after launching his career as a producer. “Love at Last Sight” is being produced by the Patagonik, co-owned by Disney, the company behind “Nine Queens,” Academy Award-nominated “Son of the Bride,” Pablo Trapero’s “Carancho” and “White Elephant,” and a string of box office smash hits, such as this year’s “10 Days Without Mom.” The pic also stars Ricardo Darín, a Argentina’s biggest international star. With that kind of pedigree, Vera’s directorial debut is shaping up as one of the big new films coming out of Latin America for 2018. “Love at Last Sight” is being repped at the American Film Market by Guido Rud’s FilmSharks Intl., and
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Location Basque Country: Upcoming Basque Movies

San Sebastian — The strength of the Basque industry as a potential co-production partner for Basque Country shoots will be seen, when push comes to shove, in its movies. Here, profiles of upcoming Basque movies whether playing this year’s San Sebastián Festival, in production or projects.

Advantages Of Traveling By Train

Pre-acquired by Entertainment One’s Seville International and co-produced by San Sebastian-based Señor y Señora and Madrid’s Morena Films “Advantages” marks the much-awaited feature debut of Aritz Moreno. Film –in pre-production– is penned by Javier Gullón (Denis Villeneuve’s “Enemy”) adapting Spain’s Antonio Orejudo novel.

Another Day Of Life

One of Europe’s most awaited animation films, the Indie Sales-sold “Day” revolves around the truth of war through the near-suicidal journey across Angola of Polish famed war reporter Ryszard Kapuściński. Raúl de la Fuente and Damian Nenow direct a hybrid animation-live action inspired by but not adapting the journalist’s first novel. Produced
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Sanfic: Chile’s Roberto Doveris Producing ‘The Prince,’ Sebastián Muñoz’s Directorial Debut (Exclusive)

Sanfic: Chile’s Roberto Doveris Producing ‘The Prince,’ Sebastián Muñoz’s Directorial Debut (Exclusive)
Santiago De Chile — Chilean helmer-scribe Roberto Doveris (“Plants”) is producing “The Prince,” the directorial debut of veteran art director Sebastián Muñoz, with a prestige cast headlined by Chile’s Alfredo Castro (“Tony Manero,” “From Afar”) and Argentina’s Gaston Pauls (“Nine Queens”).

“The Prince” is slated to start shooting in February. It will also be the first time Doveris lead produces a film. He is currently preparing his second directorial outing, “The Sequel.”

Muñoz’s multiple art director credits include Alicia Scherson’s “Il Futuro” and her seminal feature debut “Play,” as well as Cristian Jimenez’s “Optical Illusions” and Pablo Larrain’s HBO Latin America TV series “Profugos.”

Chile’s Marianne Mayer-Beckh of El Otro Film (“Rara”) and Nicolas Grosso of Le Tiro Films (“Rara,” “La Visita”) in Argentina, have also boarded the drama as co-producers. Castro and Pauls lead a cast that includes newcomer Juan Carlos Maldonado who plays the ‘Prince’ and dozens of extras
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Fox International Productions Boards Gustavo Hernandez’s ‘You Shall Not Sleep’ (Exclusive)

Fox International Productions Boards Gustavo Hernandez’s ‘You Shall Not Sleep’ (Exclusive)
Fox International Productions (Fip) is partnering with Pablo E. Bossi (“Nine Queens”) to produce “You Shall Not Sleep,” (“No Dormirás”) the latest film from “Casa Muda’s” Gustavo Hernandez, which 20th Century Fox will distribute in the U.S., Latin America and German-speaking territories.

The Fox distribution deal was struck by FilmSharks Intl. which has acquired international territory sales rights to “You Shall Not Sleep” and will introduce it to buyers at the Toronto Festival. Variety has had first access to an international trailer and initial teaser artwork.

One of the most awaited of Latin American horror movies since Hernandez and his producing partner Ignacio Garcia Cucucovich first announced it to Variety at 2015’s Ventana Sur, “You Shall Not Sleep” is produced by Bossi, whose credits include Ricardo Darin’s “Chinese Takeaway” and “Black Snow,” Maria Luisa Gutierrez, producer of Santiago Segura’s “Torrente” saga, Argentina’s Juan Pablo Buscarini (“Gamemaker 3D) and Cucucovich (“Casa Muda”), Hernandez
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San Sebastian: Ricardo Darín To Be Honored at San Sebastian

San Sebastian: Ricardo Darín To Be Honored at San Sebastian
Barcelona – Argentina’s Ricardo Darín will receive the San Sebastian Film Festival’s Donostia Award for career achievement on Sept. 26. The prize is the highest distinction given by the highest-profile fest in the Spanish-speaking world.

The Donostia Award was launched in 1986 and began by recognizing stars from Hollywood classic era –Gregory Peck, Bette Davis, Glenn Ford– to later expand to eminent and far more recent U.S, and European figures such as Al Pacino, Michael Caine and Susan Sarandon.

Buenos Aires-born Darín will receive the award at a presentation of Santiago Mitre’s “The Summit.” Via its Donostia Award, the festival will honor one of most charismatic and well-known of contemporary Latin-American actors who has worked with many of the Spanish-speaking world’s most prestigious filmmakers including Juan José Campanella, Adolfo Aristarain, Pablo Trapero, Fabián Bielinsky, Fernando Trueba, Cesc Gay and Mitre.

Darín is the second Latin-American actor distinguished with the honor, after Benicio del Toro in 2014. Darín’s recognition is in line with San Sebastian aim of strengthening links with Latin America, seen in its thriving Latin-American Co-production Forum, launched by fest director José Luis Rebordinos in 2011.

A co-production between K&S Films and La Union de los Ríos (Argentina), Mod Producciones (Spain) and Maneki Films (France), “The Summit” was also penned by Mitre and offers two intertwining plots –one focused on the personal life of an Argentine president, played by Darin, and the other depicting the political intrigue at a Latin American summit. Alongside Darín, Dolores Fonzi, Érica Rivas, Elena Anaya, Daniel Giménez Cacho and Christian Slater figure in the cast. The feature world premiered in Cannes’ One Certain Regard and is sold by Spain’s Film Factory Entertainment. It will be released in U.S. on Aug. 18 via Warner Bros Pictures International.

Darin’s career dates back to when he was five and began acting in TV series. His international breakthrough came with Fabian Bielinsky’s “Nine Queens.” Some of his most noteworthy performances have been in movies of Juan José Campanella’s, led by “The Secret in Their Eyes” who won a best foreign-language Academy Award). Darin also starred in ”Son of the Bride,” nominated for an Academy Award, ”Moon of Avellaneda,” also from Campanella, Fernando Trueba’s “The Dancer and the Thief,” Sebastián Borenzstein’s “Kóblic,” Damián Szifron’s “Wild Tales” and Pablo Trapero’s “White Elephant.”

Though he can shown large range, if there’s a Darín touch, perhaps its the light and tender irony he gives to many of his characters.

Spanish director Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón said of Darín: “All the characters he plays seem to have been especially written for him and only for him to play them. Darín lends transparency to characters he embodies.”

On of Latin America’s most bankable actors, whose presence can help pre-sell a movie, Darin’s selectiveness with the films he stars in has made his involvement an important pointer to a movie’s quality.

“The Secret of Their Eyes,” earned $6.4 million for Sony Pictures Classics in 2010 and “Wild Tales,” another Sony Pictures Classics pickup accumulated $44 million worldwide, a standout figure for a Spanish-language feature.

Darín took the best actor Silver Shell Award in San Sebastian for Cesc Gay’s “Truman.”

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Ricardo Darin thriller inks key deals

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Ricardo Darin thriller inks key deals
Exclusive: Film Sharks scores sales on redemption feature.

Black Snow (Nieve Negra), the thriller starring Argentinian superstar Ricardo Darin who is in official selection at Cannes Film Festival with The Summit (El Cordillera), has sparked a flurry of multi-platform transactions for Film Sharks including a global streaming deal with Netflix.

Fabian Bielinsky protégé Martin Hodara’s film has also gone to DirecTV for Latin American TVoD rights, and as previously announced will open theatrically in Spain through A Contracorriente, and Italy via Movies Inspired.

Paris Films will distribute in Brazil, and Seven Films in Greece. Buena Vista International reported more than 750,000 admissions in South America.

Talks are ongoing for theatrical deals in the UK, Australia, Germany and Scandinavia on the story of a man living in self-imposed exile in Patagonia years after he was accused of killing his brother.

Old rivalries are reignited when he is visited by another brother and his wife with a land sale
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Cannes: Cristina Zumarraga, Pablo Bossi Launch Tandem Films (Exclusive)

Cannes: Cristina Zumarraga, Pablo Bossi Launch Tandem Films (Exclusive)
Paris — Argentina’s Pablo Bossi (“Nine Queens”), a leading producer of the new Argentine Cinema, and Spain’s Cristina Zumarraga, who has overseen production of some of its biggest (“Alatriste”) and most challenging (“Even the Rain”) productions, are teaming on a new production house, Tandem Films.

Based out of Madrid, it looks set, at least in a first-phase, to work a Latin America-Spain-Europe access, producing high-end film and TV from a broad range of more accessible but still artistically-ambitious Spanish-language auteurs.

Tandem Films’ first-slate projects include “Insomnes,” from Gustavo Hernandez (“The Silent House), starring Belen Rueda (“The Orphanage”), and “La Elvira,” a sweeping period adventure from Norberto Lopez Amado (“Sara’s Notebook”).

Further directors with projects in development include Iciar Bollain (“The Olive Tree,” “Even the Rain”), Juan Pablo Buscarini (“Perez”) and Mariela Seresesky (“The Open Door”).

Spain’s new subsidy regulations “means that it’s important to have a certain financial muscle,
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‘Black Snow’ (‘Nieve Negra’): Film Review

‘Black Snow’ (‘Nieve Negra’): Film Review
Making his solo directorial debut in Black Snow -- back in 2000, he was assistant director on Fabian Bielinsky’s scam classic Nine Queens, and later co-directed The Signal with Ricardo Darin -- Martin Hodara can’t go too far wrong, since the film's cast features the charismatic likes of Darin, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Federico Luppi and Dolores Fonzi. But though it burns as slowly and intensely as a cabin log fire over its first hour, narrative confusion and implausibility strike over the final run, and it’s that wobbly final stretch that will linger in viewers’ minds, making Snow a less chilling experience than it...
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France’s Bodega Films Acquires Ricardo Darin Starrer ‘Captain Koblic’ (Exclusive)

France’s Bodega Films Acquires Ricardo Darin Starrer ‘Captain Koblic’ (Exclusive)
Madrid — Paris-based Bodega Films has acquired French rights to ‘70s thriller “Captain Koblic,” which re-teams “Chinese Take-Out” director Sebastian Borensztein with Argentina’s Ricardo Darin (“The Secret in Their Eyes,” “Wild Tales”), the most bankable of Latin American actors who has never made movies in Hollywood.

Bodega Films will release “Captain Koblic” in theaters across France in early 2017, said Guido Rud at Buenos Aires’ FilmSharks Intl, the movie’s sales agent.

Disney has picked up Latin American rights to the title. Pablo Bossi (“Francis: Pray For Me”), the producer of “Nine Queens,” one of Darin’s international breakthroughs, produces with Juan Pablo Buscarini, Jose Ibanez, Spain’s Atresmedia Cine and Viacom’s newly-bought Telefe, Argentina’s No. 1 broadcast network.

The deal roles off negotiations between Bodega and “Koblic” sales agent FilmSharks Intl. at this month’s Ventana Sur market.

Set during Argentina’s Dirty War, Darin plays a navy captain who,
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Basque Cinema Energizes San Sebastian Fest

Basque Cinema Energizes San Sebastian Fest
San Sebastian — Once, only a few years ago, ta question under discussion between the San Sebastian Festival and the Basque government, was how the festival, taking place at the Basque Country’s most elegant seaside resort, could help the Basque film industry.

Now, increasingly, the talk is on how the Basque industry is energising the San Sebastian Festival.

Over the last week, as the 64th San Sebastian edition kicked into gear, a series of news announcements and events have underscored how the Basque industry has scaled in up budgets, ambition and international reach:

*”2 Guns” and “Everest” director Baltasar Kormakur has inked to co-produce “Red Fjords,” a large scale crime thriller, set in 1616 Iceland, originated and produced by Bilbao-based Eduardo Carneros and also produced by Tornosal Films, which backed Academy Award winner “The Secret in Their Eyes.”

*Entertainment One’s Seville Intl. has acquired world sales rights to Basque Aritz Moreno
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Third Platino Awards to Fete Argentine Star Ricardo Darin

The 3rd Platino Ibero-American Film Awards will fete Argentine star Ricardo Darin with a Lifetime Achievement Prize during its July 24 awards ceremony at Uruguay’s Punta del Este.

Prior recipients of the honour are Brazilian actress Sonia Braga in 2014 and Antonio Banderas in 2015.

With this recognition, the Platino Awards‘ steering committee “aims to praise the honesty, talent and charisma with which (Darin) has brought stature to some of the most recognized Latin American films of the last three decades.”

The Buenos Aires-born thesp, one of Latin America biggest marquee draws, starred in Juan Jose Campanella’s 2010 Oscar-winning “The Secret in Their Eyes,” which Sony Pictures Classics distributed in the U.S., and also toplined Damian Szifron’s 2014 Cannes hit and Oscar-nominee “Wild Tales,” another Sony Pictures Classics pickup which grossed $44 million worldwide, a standout result for a Spanish-language movie.

The Platino Awards organizers highlighted Darin’s “acting versatility and undeniable
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Ricardo Darín in Premios Platino honour

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Ricardo Darín in Premios Platino honour
The Argentinian star will collect the lifetime achievement award during the third annual awards gala at the Punta del Este Conventions Centre in Uruguay on July 24.

The awards recognise talent in the cinematic arts in Spanish and Portuguese-language films and according to the selection committee Darin’s hallmarks are the “commitment and hard work of a true craftsman in the art of acting.”

Darín launched his career in El Mismo Amor, La Misma Lluvia in 1999, for which he won the Condor de Plata. The actor earned his second Condor for the Oscar-nominated Son Of The Bride in 2001.

A fruitful collaboration with Juan José Campanella brought international celebrity through a starring role in 2010 best foreign-language Oscar-winner The Secret In Their Eyes, which garnered Darín’s first Premio Sur for best actor from the Argentinian Motion Picture Academy.

He has also starred in Fabián Bielinsky’s thriller Nine Queens, Cesc Gay’s comedy Truman, and [link=nm
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Ricardo Darin's 'Black Snow' scores South America sales

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Ricardo Darin's 'Black Snow' scores South America sales
Exclusive: Ricardo Darin-starring thriller is now shooting in Spain and Argentina.

FilmSharks has cut early pre-sales on the $4m Black Snow (Nieve Niegra), the Ricardo Darin thriller that is shooting now in Spain and Argentina.

Buena Vista has acquired rights for South America, Paris Filmes for Brazil, and Seven Films for Greece. Producer A Contracorriente Films holds Spanish rights.

Guido rud is showing first footage in Cannes on the thriller by Fabian Bieleinsky protégé Martin Hodara about a man living in self-imposed exile in Patagonia years after being accused of killing his brother who is visited by another brother and his wife with a sensitive land sale proposal.

Leonardo Sbaraglia and Laia Costa also star and produce.

Pablo Bossi of Nine Queens produces with Gloriamundi, Pampa Films, Amiguetes Ent, A Contracorrriente Films, and DirecTV in associaiton with Antena 3 and Telefe /Telefonica Studios.
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‘Francisco’ Sells Out in Australia, Scandinavia (Exclusive)

‘Francisco’ Sells Out in Australia, Scandinavia (Exclusive)
A Buena Vista Intl. pick-up for Latin America, “Francisco,” the Argentine papal portrait starring Dario Grandinetti (“Talk to Her,” “Wild Tales”), has closed Australia/New Zealand (Vendetta Films), and Scandinavia (Angel Scandinavia).

Vendetta will release “Francisco” theatrically in March, Angel Scandinavia will release the film in the second quarter of 2016. In further new deals, Cirko Films has taken all Hungarian rights and 21Fim those to former Yugoslavia.

Deals add to a slew of sales for Guido Rud’s FilmSharks Intl. taking in, of other major territories, Metropolitan Filmexport, which has acquired French-speaking Europe, 2M Pictures for Italy, Korea (Must See Movie Releasing) and Spain (Wanda Vision). Beverly Hills Entertainment has clinched a pan-Latin America deal for TV/VOD.

Silvia Abascal (“El Lobo”) and Leticia Bredice (“Nine Queens”) co-star in the Argentina-Spain co-production between Argentina’s Pablo Bossi and Spain’s Gloriamundi.

A fiction feature, “Francisco” is based on “Francisco: Life and Revolution,
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Ventana Sur: ‘Francisco’ Cleans Up Catholic World (Exclusive)

Ventana Sur: ‘Francisco’ Cleans Up Catholic World (Exclusive)
Buenos Aires – “Francisco,” the Argentine papal portrait starring Dario Grandinetti (“Talk to Her,” “Wild Tales”), continues to clean up the Catholic world, closing a pan-Latin America deal for TV/VOD with Beverly Hills Entertainment.

Buena Vista International has also taken rights to Latin America, in an already-announced deal. Deals for the U.S. and Germany are imminent, according to FilmSharks’ Guido Rud. The U.K , Australia/New Zealand , the Czech Republic and Hungary are in advanced discussions, he added.

Of new deals, “Francisco” has closed Taiwan (Encore) and former-Yugoslavia (2iFilms). Metropolitan Filmexport has acquired French-speaking Europe, 2M Pictures Italy, and Warsaw Movie Distribution Poland. FilmSharks Intl. sold Korea to Must See Movie Releasing and Spain to Wanda Vision. Colombia has gone to Procinal, Central America to Palmera Intl., Chile and Peru to Andes Films and the Philippines to Pioneer.

Silvia Abascal (“El Lobo”) and Leticia Bredice (“Nine Queens”) co-star in
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Mar del Plata: Disney To Distribute ‘Surviving the Seventies’ in Latin America

Mar Del Plata: Continuing its love affair with Argentine cinema, Disney’s Buena Vista Intl. has acquired Latin American rights to Alejandro Agresti’s drama “Surving the Seventies,” which would premiered Monday at the Mar del Plata Festival, representing one of its highest-profile new titles.

Argentina’s latest B.O. juggernauts “Wild Tales” Pablo Trapero’s “The Clan” were distributed by Warner Bros. and Fox respectively.

But Disney was the first studio to drive into Argentine cinema with real vigor aiding its top performers to begin to punch significant numbers, handling the No. 1 Argentine hit on five of six years from 2008’s “A Boyfriend for My Bride” through to 2013’s “Corazon de leon” ($10.6 million).

Produced by Sebastian Aloi’s Aeroplano, which is based out of Los Angeles and Buenos Aires, in association with Metropolis Films, and funded by the companies and equity investors, Aloi said, “Surviving the Seventies” marks
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Patagonik, Demente: Chilean Remake of ‘A Boyfriend for My Wife’

Patagonik, Demente: Chilean Remake of ‘A Boyfriend for My Wife’
Two powerhouse shingles from Chile and Argentina have forged a strategic alliance that kicks off with the Chilean remake of Argentine romcom “Un novio para mi mujer” (“A Boyfriend for My Wife”). Demente Contenidos of Chile and Argentina’s Patagonik Film Group have agreed to co-produce a number of films with commercial potential in both territories and beyond.

Patagonik will provide the screenplay as well as part of the financing for production and post-production.

Budgeted at $1 million, the Chilean adaptation of “A Boyfriend for My Wife” will be distributed worldwide by Patagonik; Demente will own the Chilean rights. 20th Century Fox Chile, which released the massive comedy hit “Stefan vs Kramer,” co-helmed and co-produced by Demente CEO Sebastian Freund, is in talks to release the remake in Chile.

A Boyfriend for My Wife” is a 2008 hit directed by Juan Taratuto about a timid husband who hires a professional Lothario to seduce his formidable wife,
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FilmSharks lures 'Francis' buyers

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Exclusive: FilmSharks’ Francis: Pray For Us promo continues to draw buyers as Metropolitan has swooped on French rights to the Vatican-endorsed biopic of the current Pope.

M2 Pictures acquired Italian rights and To Must See Movie Releasing will distribute in South Korea.

Offers from the Us, the UK and Germany are on the table.

Dario Grandinetti stars and Pablo Bossi of Nine Queens fame produces the $6m Spanish-language film that charts the early career of Jorge Mario Bergoglio [the Pope] through the eyes of an investigative reporter, culminating in the papal conclave in 2013.

As previously announced FilmSharks pre-sold to Disney for Latin America and Warsaw Movie Distribution in Poland.

“We are expecting huge success for this title about the most beloved Pope ever that recounts his hard life based on the only one official biography,” said Rud.
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FilmSharks swims with Disney on ‘Kóblic’

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FilmSharks swims with Disney on ‘Kóblic’
Exclusive: Disney has swooped on Latin American and Spanish rights to Kóblic, a thriller that reunites Argentinian idol Ricardo Darin with his Chinese Take-Out director Sebastián Borensztein.

Guido Rud’s Buenos Aires-based FilmSharks closed the early deal on the $3.5m project and has scored a Greek pre-sale with Seven Films.

Production on Kóblic is set to start in Argentina on July 20 with Darin playing a Navy captain in the late 1970s during the country’s ‘Dirty War’ who refuses to take part in the death flights, whereby drugged dissidents are dropped from planes.

The officer takes refuge in a coastal city and flies crop dusters for a family friend. He eventually falls for a local woman and confronts a thuggish police chief as the dictatorship’s agents close in on his whereabouts.

Darin, who appeared in Argentina’s Oscar-nominated Wild Tales as well as Oscar winner The Secret In Their Eyes and Nine Queens, will star alongside
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Wild Tales (Relatos salvajes) movie review: revenge served hot

This anthology of six bleakly funny shorts is a mixed bag that ranges from anticlimactic but intriguing to “Oh my God, did I just laugh out loud at that?” I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

A huge hit in its native Argentina and an Oscar nominee this year for Best Foreign Language Film, this anthology of six bleakly, blackly funny short films is a mixed bag that ranges from anticlimactic but intriguing to “Oh my God, did I just laugh out loud at that?” Writer-director Damián Szifron, variously borrowing the trappings of genres from suspense drama to action thriller to romantic comedy, connects the individual stories through themes of betrayal, frustration, and revenge that send up human foibles and cultural defects: one story revolves around a man who lashes out at lifelong maltreatment, some of it quite minor,
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