Along with Mexico and Brazil, Argentina has for decades been one of the top producers of films from Latin America. A staple on the film festival circuit and occasional visitor to U.S. art houses, Argentina is, however, the only South American country to ever win an Academy Award—two, in fact: The Official Story (1985) and The Secret in Their Eyes (2009).
The diverse films in this year’s focus—and there are 12 of them—range from two outsiders’ takes on living in Argentina for a year (one Polish, Argentinian Lesson, and one American, The International Sign for Choking); a nouveau, meta-Western (Salt); and the oft-examined revolutionary era of the 1970s (Clandestine Childhood). This is all anchored by a three-film tribute to the wonderful Daniel Burman.
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