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La Salada

Argentina, 2014

Spanish, Korean, Mandarin and Quechua with English subtitles.

With an acute eye and an understated sense of humour, La Salada explores the experiences of Korean, Bolivian and Taiwanese immigrants living in Argentina. The film is structured around three intertwining stories that take place in La Salada — the largest unregulated market in Buenos Aires: a Korean father and daughter prepare for an arranged marriage, a young Bolivian man searches for work, and a Taiwanese DVD seller tries to woo a young woman to be his girlfriend. Inspired by real stories, La Salada provides a rare and moving glimpse into the loneliness and limbo of living in a large metropolis that neither embraces its newcomers nor wholly rejects them.

La Salada avoids the most sordid and dark edges that other filmmakers would die to include in this kind of film and consciously proposes itself as a multi-character portrait that is bittersweet yet hopeful.” Diego Brodersen, cinema scope

Un mosaico de la experiencia del nuevo inmigrante en Argentina, enlazado a través de tres historias que transcurren en la feria de La Salada. Personajes de diferentes razas que luchan contra la soledad y el desarraigo de su tierra: un padre y su hija coreana que se preparan para un casamiento concertado, un joven boliviano que acaba de llegar al país en busca de trabajo y un vendedor de DVDs taiwanés que quiere encontrar una novia que le haga compañía.

1:00 pm|The Cinematheque (CIN)
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Juan Martín Hsu (b. 1979, Buenos Aires) studied Image and Sound Design at the University of Buenos Aires. His debut feature, La Salada, was awarded the Films in Progress Prize at the San Sebastián Film Festival in 2013 and had its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014.


Director/Writer: Juan Martín Hsu 
Producers: Ignacio Rey, Gastón Rothschild
Cinematographer: Tebbe Schoening
Editor: Anita Remón
Cast: Ignacio Huang, Yunseon Kim, Chang Sun Kim, Nicolás Mateo, Limbert Tacona