Diego Brodersen

The Accused (Gonzalo Tobal, Argentina/Mexico) — Contemporary World Cinema

By Diego Brodersen / September 9, 2018

By Diego Brodersen Gonzalo Tobal’s second feature after a long hiatus (his debut film Villegas was released in Argentina in 2012) marks a clear step into the world of popular cinema. The Accused tries very hard to appeal to a broad audience with its tale of Dolores (Argentinian pop star and actress Lali Espósito, definitely…

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The Quietude (Pablo Trapero, Argentina) — Special Presentations

By Diego Brodersen / September 4, 2018

By Diego Brodersen In the ample rooms and corridors of the countryside house whose name provides the title for Argentine filmmaker Pablo Trapero’s latest film, a few things are being hidden away, consciously or not. To begin with, there are a tall stack of secrets from the past (family stuff, but also of a very…

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Florianópolis Dream (Ana Katz, Argentina/Brazil/France) — Contemporary World Cinema

By Diego Brodersen / September 2, 2018

By Diego Brodersen Since her debut feature El juego de la silla (2002), Argentine actor-turned-filmmaker Ana Katz has defined a personal style of comedy: a peculiar derivative of the costumbrismo, a cinematic form that she further elaborated in A Wandering Bride (2007), and which reached its limit within the confines of the mainstream in The…

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The Future Ahead (Constanza Novick, Argentina) — Discovery

By Diego Brodersen / September 10, 2017

By Diego Brodersen In Constanza Novick’s debut feature, Dolores Fonzi (also present at TIFF in The Summit) and Pilar Gamboa (The Fire, La flor) play best friends whose lives intertwine through the years. Novick is quite experienced in writing professionally (and quickly) for daily TV shows, but fortunately almost no clichés are found in her…

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A Sort of Family (Diego Lerman, Argentina/Brazil/France/Poland) — Contemporary World Cinema

By Diego Brodersen / September 10, 2017

By Diego Brodersen After 2002’s Suddenly, that magnificent cornerstone of the New Argentine Cinema, Diego Lerman has specialized in powerful but still delicate stories dealing with complex, urgent subject matter. Where his previous film Refugiado dealt with the issue of a family on the verge of disintegration after domestic violence forces the protagonist to run…

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The Summit (Santiago Mitre, Argentina/Spain/France) — Contemporary World Cinema

By Diego Brodersen / September 2, 2017

By Diego Brodersen The third feature by Santiago Mitre (The Student, Paulina) is in more ways than one his most ambitious, complex, and accomplished yet. It’s not easy to mess around with the presidency in a country where there’s no such cinematic tradition, with the exceptions of documentary films and the casual fictional hagiography of…

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TIFF 2014 | La Salada (Juan Martín Hsu, Argentina) — Discovery

By Diego Brodersen / September 1, 2014

By Diego Brodersen The debut feature by Juan Martín Hsu (the son of Chinese parents, but born in Buenos Aires) has the virtue of being nice and sincere, almost the exact opposite of what one would expect when reading the catalogue synopsis. A story of Korean, Bolivian and Taiwanese immigrants in Argentina, La Salada avoids…

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