Film of the week: “Carancho” (words by the director Pablo Trapero)

14/01/2011 at 1:30 pm Leave a comment

Cine Las Americas is pleased to announce the first in a series of screenings for the “Cine Las Americas Signature Series” at the Alamo Drafthouse.  This series will feature regular advance premieres of the greatest Spanish and Portuguese language releases, bringing to Austin audiences some of the newest and greatest titles all year round.

a film by Pablo Trapero
Argentina / Chile / France / South Korea
107 minutes , 35mm, Color
Starring Ricardo Darín, Martina Gusman, Carlos Weber,
Jose Luis Arias, Fabio Ronzano

Sosa (Ricardo Darín, THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES) is an ambulance-chasing personal injury attorney with questionable ethics. Lujan (Martina Gusman, LION’S DEN) is a young, idealistic country doctor, new to the city. After Lujan and Sosa’s paths repeatedly cross, the two form an unlikely romance that is threatened by Sosa’s turbulent past. With traffic accidents as the number one cause of deaths in Argentina, bodies are currency and a black market strives to get rich from the personal tragedies that literally litter the streets.

Awards and recognition
Argentina’s official selection for the 83rd Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Official Selection Cannes Film Festival 2010
Fantastic Fest 2010 – Best Director: Pablo Trapero
Fantastic Fest 2010 – Best Actress: Martina Gusman

More about CARANCHO
In Argentina, more than eight thousand people die every year in road accidents at a daily average of twenty-two.  More than a hundred and twenty thousand are injured. Only the last decade has seen one hundred thousand deaths.The millions of pesos that every victim represents in medical and legal expenses produces an enormous market, supported by the compensations of insurance companies and the weakness of the law. Behind every tragedy, there is an industry.
SOSA is a lawyer who specializes in road accidents and is close to recovering his license.  He moves through emergency rooms of public hospitals and funeral houses in the suburbs of Buenos Aires in search of potential clients.  Now he works for an alleged foundation that in reality, is a screen for a murky law firm, and helps victims.  Sosa gets the clients, the witnesses, the evidence, and ultimately settles with the police, the judges and the insurance companies.
LUJÁN, is a young doctor from the province, trying to make a living out of many jobs: ambulance medic, hospital ER doctor, emergency services.  Alone, with a work rhythm that barely allows her to sleep, she tries to establish herself in a city unknown to her.
A love story begins the night Luján and Sosa meet on the street.  She is trying to save a man’s life; he’s trying to turn him into his client.  From that night they constantly run into each other.  Together, they will try to bend the course of their lives, but Sosa’s turbulent past will come back unexpectedly.

Director’s Statement
“This film is a black thriller. Like those in the 40s or 50s, in which the detective-like plot is silently shaped into the portrait of a complex social pattern. It is also about the private lives of two characters trying to live through an unstable world, where a seemingly minor act may well trigger a series of fatal outcomes. It is, in its own way, a love story between a man and a woman, immersed in a market where disgrace is the currency.”

– Pablo Trapero

About the Director
Argentina-born director Pablo Trapero began his international career in 1999 with the release of his first feature, CRANE WORLD.  The black and white, 16mm film debuted at the Venice Film Festival, and garnered awards and critical acclaim at film festivals around the globe.
His second feature, EL BONAERENSE premiered at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section, receiving critical and audience acclaim.  That same year, Trapero founded the production company Matanza Cine in Buenos Aires, where he has produced not only his own features but also those of other Argentine and Latin American filmmakers.  Trapero’s producing credits include Enrique Bellande’s CIUDAD DE MARÍA, Raúl Perrone‘s LA MECHA, Albertina Carri‘s GÉMINIS and LA RABIA, Alex Bowen‘s MI MEJOR ENEMIGO and Fernando VargasDÍ BUEN DÍA A PAPÁ.
Trapero’s upcoming production work includes Gabriel Medina’s second feature EL PUNTO OSCURO, Santiago Palavecino‘s TARDE, and CAITO, a first feature by Guillermo Pfening.
As a director, Trapero has completed feature films including ROLLING FAMILY, BORN AND BRED and the documentary feature INTERSECCIONES. LION’S DEN was presented in competition at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. He returned to Cannes in 2010 with CARANCHO, his sixth feature, in the Un Certain Regard section.

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Source: Cine La Americas

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