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La antena (2007)

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.

Director:

Esteban Sapir

Writer:

Esteban Sapir (screenplay)
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Cast

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 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...

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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Official Sites:

KMBO [France] | Official site

Country:

Argentina

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

19 April 2007 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Antena See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

LadobleA See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

This film was chosen, for the first time in 36 years, for the official competition AND opening of the Rotterdam Film Festival. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Rumba Antena
by Esteban Sapir/Nico Cota (as Nicolas Cota)
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Fascism versus Judaism, or God versus Satan?
8 July 2008 | by WaerdnotteSee all my reviews

This is a beautiful film to look at. Surreal and kitsch, its many homages were maybe a little too obvious - yes, Lang, Melies, even Chaplin. This allegory on Argentinian and German fascism initially buried the real story beneath its look - that of a complex animated commercial. However, as the film progressed, it soon become obvious to me the symbolism of the scars on the family's hands (stigmata), the blind boy who could talk and would save the city / world (Jesus Christ), the boy's single mother (Mary), the young girl (Mary Magdalene), and ultimately the boy on the Star of David, reflected a world in which religion / Judaism / Jesus Christ, vanquished the evils of fascism / Satan.

So maybe a little heavy on the symbolism and allegory, ideas of religion saving the world or prophets dying to save us from our sins are all a little lazy. As many directors have shown, revealing religion for the corrupt and superstitious organisations they really are, can make a much more satisfactory cinema experience; see Bunuel / Fellini / Bergman.


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