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Sadourni’s Butterflies

(Las mariposas de Sadourní)
Argentina/UK/Italy, 2012

Spanish with English subtitles

Director/Screenwriter: Darío Nardi Producers: Donald K. Ranvaud, Enrica de Biasi, Pierluigi Navoni Cinematographer: Mariano Cúneo Editor: Alberto Ponce Music: Pablo Crespo Principal Cast: Cristián Medrano, Antonella Costa, Ale Sergi, Nicola Costantino


In this stylized, surrealistic melodrama, a circus dwarf named Sadourni is jailed for a crime of passion. Serving a twenty-year prison sentence, he is faced with a dilemma: to escape and endure life as a fugitive, or to adjust to society's expectations through an extreme physical metamorphosis. The result is utterly captivating.

Sex, Obsession, Murder, Death, Transformation...All that in a pleasantly strange mash-up of different silent era styles...The decoration: impressive. The colours: occasional. The music: bombastic whenever needed, and that's often. The words – what words, for this is, if not a silent, then at least a film that does away with words in celebration of images. Midnight Sun Film Festival (SM)

Sadourní es un enano, quien habiendo cumplido en prisión la mitad de una condena de 20 años, accede a un régimen de salidas transitorias que le permiten abandonar el penal diariamente con el fin de re-insertarse progresivamente en la sociedad.

En esta catástasis de golpes de la era silente encontramos varios estilos: expresionismo alemán y excentrismo ruso. La decoración: impresionante. Los colores: ocasionales. La música: nos bombardea cuando es necesaria. Las palabras: ¡que palabras!, porque si este filme no es silente, al menos es un filme que se sale con la suya sin palabras, pero donde se celebran de las imágenes. 

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Darío Nardi was born in Rosario, Argentina. He studied filmmaking at the Escuela de Cine de Avellaneda in Buenos Aires and animation with the filmmaker Luis Brass. Sadourni’s Butterflies won an Honourable Mention at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and the Best Director Award at the Guadalajara International Film Festival.