Where is Argentina's New Wave Now?

by Anthony Kaufman
March 31, 2006 4:15 AM
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In the UK paper, The Independent, a British correspondent discovers "The misfits and mavericks of Argentinian cinema." It's not anything that indieWIRE hasn't covered before (three years ago, in fact, here), this hodgepodge of young, disparate filmmakers lead by Lucrecia Martel, Daniel Burman, Fabian Bielinsky and Pablo Trapero. But the story got me thinking: After a recent burst of energy a couple years ago, when are these filmmakers' next projects coming to the U.S.?

After premiering in the states earlier this year at Sundance, El Aura, Bielinsky's stylish follow-up to Nine Queens, remains without a U.S. distributor. Same for Burman's recent Berlin entry, Family Law. And I wasn't a fan of Trapero's Rolling Family, but there's got to be some local cinephiles who would have liked to see it. Surely, this has something to do with the sorry state of foreign-language distribution, but I wonder if the "Argentine New Wave" was actually more like a ripple. The Independent story highlights one new 28-year-old filmmaking face, Ariel Winograd. His first feature, Cara de Queso (Cheese Face), is "about a bunch of 'losers,' unpopular kids who were bullied in their teenage years just as Argentine democracy tried to recover from years of military rule," according to the story. I hope the film turns out to be as good as this article promises, because the "Argentine New Wave" needs a boost.

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1 Comment

  • Steve | March 31, 2006 5:42 AMReply

    Well, ROLLING FAMILY is supposedly coming out in the US in August. I didn't like it, but it strikes me as extremely commercial. I'm surprised that Palm Pictures acquired it, not Miramax or Fox Searchlight. If it was in English, I'm sure a higher-profile distributor would've scooped it up.

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