The Militant

(El lugar del hijo)
Uruguay / Argentina, 2013
Duration: 
2:01

Spanish with English subtitles

Director/Writer: Manolo Nieto Producers: Manolo Nieto, Lisandro Alonso Cinematographer: Arauco Hernández Holz Editors: Pablo Riera, Martín Mainoli Sound: Catriel Vildosola, Santiago Fumagalli Music: Genuflexos Cast: Felipe Dieste, Alejandro Urdapilleta, Rosana Cabrera, Leonor Courtoisie

Uruguay 2002. Amidst nationwide strikes, Ariel, a student activist in Montevideo is informed of his father’s death. He returns to his hometown of Salto to attend the funeral. His father’s notary soon informs Ariel of his inheritance: an old dog, a house taken over by his father’s lover and a cattle ranch where the workers haven’t been paid in six months. Ariel is thrust into an unwelcome adulthood, and to escape becomes involved with the local student activist group. One of the great strengths of the film is the mesmerizing performance by Felipe Dieste. A childhood car accident left him with a speech impediment and mobility issues, which he is able to manipulate brilliantly to bring an intensity to the character of Ariel that is unforgettable.

A powerful and thought-provoking film. Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter

Montevideo, Uruguay 2002. Durante una huelga nacional, a Ariel, un estudiante militante de Montevideo, le acaban de anunciar que su padre ha muerto. Viaja a su ciudad, el Salto, para el entierro y allí el notario le informa que su padre le heredó un rancho hipotecado, un perro viejo y una casa en la ciudad, donde vive la amante de su padre y que pretende quedarse con el lugar. Ariel se introduce a la fuerza en una vida adulta que no desea, es entonces cómo decide involucrarse en la activismo estudiantil de la ciudad. Una de las fuerzas de la cinta es la impresionante actuación de Felipe Dieste (el que realiza el personaje de Ariel), quien en su infancia un accidente lo dejó con un impedimento de movilidad, pero que en la cinta él manipula brillantemente su capacidad especial, para darle una intensidad al personaje de Ariel que será inolvidable.

01-Sep-2014
8:30 pm|The Cinematheque (CIN)
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Manolo Nieto (b. 1972, Montevideo, Uruguay) graduated in media studies from the Catholic University of Uruguay. His first feature, La perrera (2006), premiered at Rotterdam and won the VPRO Tiger Award. El lugar del hijo premiered at TIFF and won Best Cinematography and the Grand Coral Second Prize for Best Film at Havana.

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