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Fatherland

(Tierra de los padres)
Argentina, 2011
Duration: 
01:40

Director: Nicolás Prividera Producer: Pablo Ratto Screenplay: Nicolás Prividera Cinematographer: Ada Frontini Editor: Amalia Herdt Sound: Horacio Almada Principal Cast: Maricel Alvarez, Marina Enriquez, Susana Pampín, Ricardo Ibarlucía

Impressive and rigorous, this visually engrossing film essay narrates the continual confrontation of two versions of history: that of the conquerors and the conquered. And it does so in a location that is at the same time concrete and symbolic: La Recoleta, the iconic cemetery of Buenos Aires. With quotations from noteworthy writers read aloud near the tombs, the film creates a sort of “dialogue of the dead,” and outlines a dramatic chronology of modern Argentine history from 19th century civil wars to 20th century dictatorships.

Its astonishing historical juxtapositions and the moving articulations of living Argentine citizens elevate the film’s significance to another plane entirely. TIFF

Esta película cuenta (bajo la forma de un poético ensayo cinematográfico) el repetido enfrentamiento de dos versiones de la historia argentina. Con la particularidad de que lo hace a través de un espacio concreto y simbólico a la vez: el cementerio de Buenos Aires: La Recoleta. Allí se da una suerte de “diálogo de muertos” que va desarrollando la historia (desde las guerras civiles del siglo XIX a la última dictadura del siglo XX), mientras asistimos a la vida cotidiana de esa peculiar ciudad dentro de la ciudad; verdadera metáfora de una Argentina en la cual las irreconciliables pasiones del pasado aun siguen presentes en la actualidad. 

05-Sep-2012
7:30 pm|The Cinematheque (CIN)
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Nicolás Prividera was born in Buenos Aires in 1970. His first film, M, won the Best Latin American Film Award and the FIPRESCI Prize at Mar del Plata, as well as Best Documentary at the Mostra de Lleida in Spain. Tierra de los padres premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.