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White Elephant ()

Elefante blanco (original title)
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While working alongside his long-time friend and colleague in building a hospital for the residents of a Buenos Aries shantytown, a troubled priest finds solace in a young, atheist social worker.

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Julián
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Nicolás (as Jeremie Renier)
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Luciana
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Miguel Arancibia ...
Capataz
Diego Baretta ...
Franciscano
Federico Barga ...
Monito (as Federico Benjamin Barga)
Esteban Díaz ...
Chato
Pablo Gatti ...
Sandoval
Walter Jakob ...
Cruz
Mauricio Minetti ...
Cruz (as Mauricio Sergio Minetti)
Raul Ramos ...
Obispo
Susana Varela ...
Carmelita
Julio Zarza ...
Danilo

Directed by

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Pablo Trapero

Written by

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Alejandro Fadel ... ()
 
Martín Mauregui ... ()
 
Santiago Mitre ... ()
 
Pablo Trapero ... ()

Produced by

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Laurent Baudens ... co-producer
Rémi Burah ... co-producer
Alejandro Cacetta ... executive producer / producer
Didar Domehri ... co-producer
Juan Pablo Galli ... producer
Juan Gordon ... producer
Juan Lovece ... line producer
Gaël Nouaille ... co-producer
Federico Peña ... assistant producer
Pablo Trapero ... executive producer / producer
Juan Vera ... producer

Music by

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Michael Nyman

Cinematography by

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Guillermo Nieto

Film Editing by

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Santiago Esteves
Andrés P. Estrada
Nacho Ruiz Capillas
Pablo Trapero

Editorial Department

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Beto Acevedo ... film lab supervisor
Luisa Cavanagh ... colorist
Milagros Cimadevilla ... on-line editor
Santiago Esteves ... additional editor
Beatriz Gómez ... post-production assistant
Tomás Pernich ... making-of editor

Production Design by

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Juan Pedro De Gaspar

Art Direction by

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Fernando Brun

Set Decoration by

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Antonella Pasini

Costume Design by

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Marisa Urruti

Makeup Department

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Mariela Hermo ... assistant makeup artist
Alberto Moccia ... key hair stylist
Carolina Oclander ... makeup artist
Etelvina Veron ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Gustavo Arnaudin ... post-production supervisor (as Gustavo Arnaudín)
Augusto Greco ... unit production manager
Mayi Gutiérrez Cobo ... production secretary
Miguel Angel Gómez ... post-production manager
Juan Lovece ... production manager
María Moreno ... production trainee
Daniel Rutolo ... production manager
Pablo Martín Saredo ... assistant production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Agustina Figueras ... additional second assistant director
Santiago Masip ... second assistant director
Marcello Pozzo ... second assistant director
Mariana Cavagnaro Rouge ... additional second assistant director
Fabiana Tiscornia ... assistant director

Art Department

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Fernanda Castelo ... graphics designer
Alejandro Cortona ... carpenter
Antonella Pasini ... set dresser

Sound Department

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Rufino Basavilbaso ... boom operator
Vicente D'Elia ... sound
Leandro de Loredo ... supervising sound editor
Federico Esquerro ... re-recording mixer
Carlos Lidón ... sound
Roberto Migone ... re-recording mixer
Francisco Pedemonte ... dialogue editor
Francisco Rizzi ... foley artist
Sebastián Sonzogni ... foley artist

Special Effects by

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Federico Cueva ... special effects supervisor
Marcelo Firmano ... special effects supervisor / weapons master

Visual Effects by

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Andrés P. Estrada ... visual effects artist
Maxi Gomez ... digital compositor
Esteban Ignacio Lupica ... digital compositor
Juan Olivares ... visual effects artist
Tomás Pernich ... visual effects artist
Georgina Pretto ... film recording
Leandro Pugliese ... visual effects artist / visual effects supervisor
Leonardo Quartieri ... digital compositor
Alejo Varisto ... visual effects artist
Iara Rodriguez Vilardebó ... visual effects artist
Ezequiel Villanueva ... compositor

Stunts

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Ariel Arredondo Lopez Dickson ... stunts
Federico Cueva ... stunt coordinator
Marcelo Firmano ... stunt coordinator / stunt driver / stunt performer / stunt rigger

Camera and Electrical Department

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Fernando Blanc ... focus puller
Bruno Carbonetto ... second assistant camera
Luis Cateriano ... second assistant camera
Martin Dotta ... data manager
Juan Alejo Fernandez ... additional grip
Juan José Fernández ... key grip
Mariela Guirlli ... video operator
Daniel Hermo ... gaffer
Javier Hick ... dit
Andres Paul Magallanes ... electrician
Nicolás Mayer ... steadicam assistant
Diego Mendizábal ... second assistant camera
Ruben Montes Meneses ... second assistant camera
Federico Santamarina ... electrician
Darío Trivino ... steadicam operator

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Nora Lia Alaluf ... uniform costumer

Location Management

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Nicolas Agustin Bentancur ... location assistant
Manuel Fernandez Escudero ... location assistant
Diego Igartua ... location manager

Script and Continuity Department

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Pablo Ramos ... script supervisor

Additional Crew

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Lina Badenes ... outreach marketing (as Lina Badenes García)
Charly Destombes ... press attache
Cristóbal García ... business affairs
Mayi Gutiérrez Cobo ... Festival and press coordinator / production coordinator
Clément Lepoutre ... production assistant
Jacqueline Lustig ... dialogue coach
Mariana Cavagnaro Rouge ... Additional second assistant director
Edgardo Sanucci ... legal consultant
Victor Vasini ... postproduction manager

Thanks

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Jean-Pierre Dardenne ... thanks
Luc Dardenne ... thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

The "Villa Virgin", a shantytown in the slums of Buenos Aires. Julian and Nicolas, two priests and long-standing friends, work tirelessly to help the local people. Julian uses his political connections to oversee the construction of a hospital. Nicolas joins him following the failure of a project he was leading in the jungle, after paramilitary forces assassinated members of the community. Deeply troubled, he finds a little comfort in Luciana, a young, attractive, atheist social worker. As Nicolas' faith weakens, tension and violence between the slum drug dealing cartels grow. And when work on the hospital is halted by ministerial decree, the fuse is lit... Written by Cannes Film Festival

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Taglines When faith is not enough, we must act. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Villa (Argentina)
  • White Elephant (World-wide, English title)
  • White Elephant (United States)
  • White Elephant (United Kingdom)
  • Die verborgene Stadt (Germany)
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  • 105 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Priest Julian's dedication to the Villa residents bears a striking resemblance to real life Priest of the Villa, Carlos Mugica. Although born into a well off middle class family, Mugica emphasized with the poor in Argentina particularly in Buenos Aires. He preached liberation theology to Villa residents and is hailed as a Third World priest similar to Oscar Romero from El Salvador. Mugica also supported both spiritually and unapologetically the liberation struggles of the poor and revolution students. His political alignment to left wing radical politics (revolutionary) in the 1960s and continued work among the villa's habitants, accumulated in his assassination in 1975. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Ricardo Darín (2012). See more »
Soundtracks A Satire Against Reason See more »

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