Cine Argentino returns to Shangri-La Plaza

MANILA, Philippines – Cine Argentino has returned to Shangri-La Plaza at the Red Carpet for its fifth year. In partnership with the Embassy of Argentina and the Film Development Council of the Philippines, a strong line up of five diverse films produced by recognized Argentinian filmmakers that showcase different perspectives of their country’s culture were screened.
Cine Argentino returns to Shangri-La Plaza

Cine Argentino will showcase a various set of films that differ with a broad spectrum of genres that aims to resonate with the Filipinos. Through these films, Cine Argentino hopes to show the diversity of Argentine society and its culture. This year, Cine Argentino, a film festival that shows the diversity in Argentine society, will familiarize its Filipino audience to a wide range of films from drama to black-and-white movies. Argentina in the early eighties from El Clan (The Clan). Based on the true story of the Puccio family, this film full of suspense and intrigue takes place in the context of the final years of the Argentine military dictatorship and incipient return to democracy. #CineArgentino #ElClan Within a typical family home in the traditional neighborhood of San Isidro, a sinister clan makes its living off kidnapping and murder. Arquímedes, the patriarch, heads and plans the operations. Alejandro, his eldest son, is a star rugby player at a prestigious local club and Los Pumas, the Argentine mythical national team. The son gives in to his father’s will and identifies possible candidates for kidnapping; his popularity shields him from suspicion. To a greater or lesser extent, the members of the family are accomplices in this dreadful venture as they live off the benefits yielded by the large ransoms paid by the families of their victims.
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Cine Argentino opens at the Shang with the biographical crime film El Clan (The Clan) starring Guillermo Francella and Peter Lanzani. Written and directed by Pablo Trapero, the film is based on the true story of the Puccio Clan, a notorious family known for kidnapping and killing people in the 1980s. The film narrates the rampant “disappearances” even after the Argentina’s military dictatorship. It won five awards in the 2015 Argentinean Academy, including Best Cinematography and Best New Actor (Lanzani).

Another movie is the Oscar Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film and Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or-nominated Relatos Salvaje (Wild Tales), written and directed by Damián Szifron. One of Argentina’s most watched movie in 2014, Relatos Salvaje is an anthology film composed of six standalone stories that tackle injustice and vengeance. These shorts are Pasternak, Las Ratas (The Rats), El Más Fuerte (The Strongest), Bombita (Little Bomb), La Propuesta (The Proposal), and Hasta Que La Muerte Nos Separe (Till Death Do Us Part).

The film fest also includes flicks that center on family and romance, such as Dos Mas Dos (Two Plus Two), Directed by Diego Caplan. The dramady begins when couple Richard and Bettina reveal their dirty little secret to their friends Diego and Emilia that awakened desires that rocked their marriage.

In Ariel Winograd’s Mamá Se Fue De Viaje (10 Days Without Mom), a housewife takes a break from being a stay-at-home mom and goes to a vacation with a friend, leaving her clueless husband with their kids for 10 days. Chaos and hilarity, obviously, ensue.

Beautifully shot in black and white, La Luz Incidente (Incident Light) directed by Ariel Rotter, is an intimate story about family, love, and mourning—all set in Buenos Aires in the 1960s. It captures the beginning of a complicated relationship when a young widow with twin daughters accepts the courtship of a charming but mysterious, older suitor.

— The Summit Express

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