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Argentina: New Cinema 2009



Friday, November 20th - 8:00 PM

Los Angeles Premiere!
THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES (EL SECRETO DE SUS OJOS), 2009, Latido, 120 min. Dir. Juan Jose Campanella.
Benjamin, a retired court employee, decides to write a book about an old rape/murder case that he believes wasn't properly solved. He becomes determined to find the real culprit and reopen the case - a complicated and thrilling quest that director Juan Jose Campanella depicts with a style that effortlessly juggles romance, comedy, suspense and political commentary.

Reception following in the Egyptian courtyard.

Saturday, November 21st - 5:00 PM

Los Angeles Premiere!
LOVE IN TRANSIT (AMOR EN TRANSITO), 2008, Autocine Producciones, 110 min. Dir. Lucas Blanco.
In Buenos Aires, Mercedes takes the necessary steps that get her to Barcelona and the boyfriend waiting there for her. By coincidence, she stumbles onto Ariel, who turns out to be pleasant (and confusing) company. Meanwhile, Juan arrives in Argentina after many years away and gets to know Micaela, who, abandoned by the departure of an old love, transforms in the same manner as the city itself.

Saturday, November 21st - 8:00 PM

Double Feature:

Los Angeles Premiere!
MUSIC ON HOLD (MUSIC EN ESPERA), 2009, Outsider Pictures, 106 min. Dir. Hernán A. Golfrid.
Two opposites - blocked composer Ezequiel and unwed pregnant bank executive Paula - are drawn together when Ezequiel finds inspiration in a piece of music he hears while on hold with the bank where Paula works. He needs the music, and Paula needs a guy to pass off as her boyfriend to her visiting mother. What ensues is one of the most delightful pairings in recent cinema.

Los Angeles Premiere!
MATTER OF PRINCIPLES (CUESTION DE PRINCIPIOS), 2009, Linea de Tres Producciones, 115 min. Dir. Rodrigo Grande.
In his second feature, Rodrigo Grande (GANGS FROM ROSARIO) reunites with star Federico Luppi to tell a Capraesque tale of the struggle between ethics and pragmatism. Luppi is an aging gentleman who finds himself becoming a dinosaur in a world of deteriorating manners and increasing greed. When a new boss (Pablo Echarri) takes over at Luppi's company, conflict is inevitable.

Sunday, November 22nd - 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

Los Angeles Premiere!
THE FISH CHILD (EL NINO PEZ), 2009, MK2, 96 min. Dir. Lucía Puenzo.
Writer-director Lucía Puenzo follows her 2007 Cannes triumph XXY with this new thriller that examines the social and economic structure of Buenos Aires, from the wealthy suburbs to the poverty-stricken city. Lala, the privileged daughter of a powerful local judge, falls in love with the family's Paraguayan maid. The young women carry on a secret affair and plan their escape from Buenos Aires - an escape that proves complicated when Lala's dad is killed and her girlfriend is arrested for the crime.

Los Angeles Premiere!
LOVE BY ACCIDENT (LA RONDA), 2008, Tresplanos Cine, 94 min. Dir. Inés Braun.
At the La Ronda bar, employees and patrons fall in and out of love in six romantic stories, all set to a spectacular global soundtrack that features both Latin (Liliana Felipe, Andres Calamaro) and non-Latin (Queen, Billie Holiday) artists.



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