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The Student

(El estudiante)
Argentina, 2011

Director: Santiago Mitre Producers: Agustina Llambi-Campbell, Fernando Boom, Santiago Mitre Screenplay: Santiago Mitre Cinematographer: Gustavo Biazzi, Federico Cantini, Alejo Maglio, Soledad Rodríguez Editor: Delfina Castagnino Music: Los Natas Principal Cast: Esteban Lamothe, Romina Paula, Ricardo Feliz, Valeria Correa

Having dropped out of college twice before, the charming but directionless Roque arrives in Buenos Aires to resume his studies. He is soon drawn into a divisive political militancy that sweeps the campus. His amorous pursuit of Paula, who is a radical party spokesperson, leads him to start working under the tutelage of the mercurial leftist professor Acevedo. Roque unwittingly gets involved in a campaign that will teach him that student politics, for all its idealism, may be no less vulnerable to corruption and disillusionment than those of the larger society.

This energetic story about love and politics provides entertaining drama, the implicit criticism of contemporary politics serves as an effective commentary for the world at large. Diana Sanchez

Después de haber dejado el colegio en dos ocasiones, Roque llega a Buenos Aires para cursar estudios universitarios y rápidamente se introduce en la militancia política. Al comenzar a enamorarse de Paula, quien es una portavoz radical de un partido, lo lleva a él a estar bajo la tutela del izquierdista profesor de nombre Acevedo. Sin quererlo, Roque se ve envuelto en una campaña que le enseñará, que las políticas estudiantiles, a pesar de todo su idealismo, no son menos vulnerables a la corrupción que las políticas practicadas en la sociedad en general.

6:00 pm|Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Simon Fraser University (GCA)
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Santiago Mitre was born in Buenos Aires in 1980. He co-wrote the award-winning films Leonera (2008) and Carancho (2010), both of which screened at VLAFF. El estudiante received ten nominations at the Argentine Film Awards and won in four categories including Best Original Screenplay. It also won Best Film at Cartagena, Lleida and Gijón.