CAAMFest 2015: La Salada

In the post-show Q&A after a CAAMFest screening, director Juan Martin Hsu made a compelling case for the uniqueness of his film with respect to contemporary Argentinian cinema; he suggested that La Salada portrayed new and first-generation Argentine immigrants such that they are not the “punch line” in the narrative, as they are frequently portrayed…

Tales and more Wild Tales

Like a collection of short stories, Wild Tales and Tales each present a unified narrative and point of view, despite form. The first, by Argentinian director Damián Szifron, includes six defined and unique stories, each with their own characters, tone, timing, and importantly a particular setting, which like a time bomb, counts down to some…

MVFF37: Ciencias Naturales by Matias Lucchesi

This stunning and spare feature-length début by Matias Lucchesi is a wonderful exploration on the nature and the drive for truth. Two females, a 12-year old student (Lila)  and her natural sciences teacher, set out on a road trip in the dead of winter to find Lila’s father, who abandoned them before Lila was born.…

SFIFF56: Habi La Extranjera by María Florencia Álvarez

This first feature film by the talented María Florencia Álvarez is a breath of fresh air: perfectly-paced, funny, kind, observant and sympathetic to the ways in which we play with different identities. Ms. Álvarez has a wonderful instinct for that fine line we tread between fearful and fearless, being and playing. Most of all, she…