This near-silent black and white film from Argentina tells the story of a city that has lost its voice, stolen by Mr. TV, and the attempts of a small family to win the voice back. Similar in design to early German expressionist films.

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Esteban Sapir

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Esteban Sapir (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Valeria Bertuccelli ... Son of Mr TV
Alejandro Urdapilleta Alejandro Urdapilleta ... Mr TV
Julieta Cardinali ... Nurse
Rafael Ferro ... The Inventor
Florencia Raggi Florencia Raggi ... The Voice
Sol Moreno ... Ana
Jonathan Sandor Jonathan Sandor ... Tomás
Raúl Hochman Raúl Hochman ... The Mouse Man
Ricardo Merkin ... The Grandfather
Carlos Piñeyro Carlos Piñeyro ... Doctor Y
Camila Offerman Camila Offerman ... Fairy Girl
Alejandro Regueiro Alejandro Regueiro ... Silhouette Man 1
Christian Amat Christian Amat ... Silhouette Man 2
Federico Miri Federico Miri ... Silhouette Man 3
Paulina Sapir Paulina Sapir ... Girl Dressed in White
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This near-silent black and white film from Argentina tells the story of a city that has lost its voice, stolen by Mr. TV, and the attempts of a small family to win the voice back. Similar in design to early German expressionist films.

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A city without a voice...

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Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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It is the second feature film by acclaimed Argentinean director Esteban Sapir. See more »

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Featured in Cómo se hizo: La antena (2007) See more »

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Bolero Antena
by Esteban Sapir/Nico Cota (as Nicolas Cota)
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Allegory on Muteness
7 June 2007 | by blosmelindaSee all my reviews

I've seen this movie twice on Transilvania International Film Festival(TIFF), the movie is in competition and I really hope that Esteban Sapir will get one of the awards (at least the best image award).

As a silent cinema fan I'm interested in contemporary movies that quote or recreate the language of the yester-year cinema. The previous reviewer emphasized the quotes from Fritz Lang and Fr. W. Murnau. As I see it, the movie references directly Lang's Metropolis, and the allegorical-parabolic character of his plots. But I didn't see Murnau in it. There's a more obvious Melies-homage though: the Moon with a (here cigar-smoking) human face, and the paper-made, painted mountains and city-landscapes. I enjoyed the film mostly for its visuals, and in the meantime I found very interesting the story on muteness, and the creative means of communication used by the inhabitants of the voiceless city. From this perspective this movie is an unique reflexion on the muteness of the silent cinema, because in the films of the silent period one can hardly find stories with mute characters. In this case can be questioned whether the story on the stolen voices was the motivation for the silent film form, or there's an intention to play upon the muteness of the silent films. Another example of this kind of reflexion I found in Guy Maddin's Careful,where the inhabitants of a mountain-village have restrictions in using their voices. I intend to write a paper on it, if you know movies related to this topic, please let me know!!!

I highly recommend Esteban Sapir's film to every moviegoer (one of the critics called it: the jewel of the festival).

PS: Winners were announced, and the film won the award for best cinematography!


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Country:

Argentina

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

19 April 2007 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$114,649
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LadobleA See more »
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Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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