Best Shortfilms from Argentina

Best Shortfilms from Argentina




Romance
Argentina | 18min | 2012
The Hat is a very intimate portrait of love and desire, like a dark take on Memories of My Melancholy Whores (Memoria de mis putas tristes) by Gabriel García Márquez. It narrates the relationship between a tired man in his 50’s and Jenny, a girl 25 years younger than him, and their encounters every Tuesday night. The film is written and directed by Santiago Mouriño and relies heavily on lighting and atmosphere to reproduce the character’s feelings. The use of cinematic language is precise and retained; all the stylistic choices, shots and framing are intended to illustrate the complex, dark and internal world of the protagonist. Mouriño is also a cinematographer and colourist, which explains his obsessive attention to visual detail. He’s the founder of Haiku Films, a video production company of movies, videoclips and corporate services. Is one of the efforts that have been expanding the Argentinian Film Industry to new horizons; besides just thinking about big profile clients, Haiku’s mission is to produce innovative digital media stories for non-profit or small businesses partners.

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Romance
Argentina | 28min | 2005
As far as success stories go, Gustavo Taretto and his short film Medianeras take the top spot. Taretto is an Argentine director, screenwriter and producer, whose short films have been awarded in important cinematic events like The Locarno Festival, in Switzerland. Medianeras was released in 2005 and won around forty international awards, including The Mar del Plata International Film Festival, best narrative short film at the Los Angeles Film Festival, and the Grand Prix at the International Short Film Festival of Clermont-Ferrand. The film focuses on two inhabitants of an overcrowded area of the city of Buenos Aires, a girl and a boy, who despite living on the same street, have never meet. It’s a dramatic comedy that talks about the loneliness and isolation of individuals in big cities, and the influence of architecture in their relationships. Its big success would later help it become a full feature film, released in 2011, starring Javier Drolas y Pilar López de Ayala, also directed by Taretto. He said back in 2005 that Medianeras was always intended to be a feature film, but "he was too lazy to do it" and preferred to make a short film beforehand as a "sketch". Is one of the most representative Indie Films of Argentinian cinema.

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Romance
Argentina | 16min | 2009
This short film was written and directed by Martin Piroyansky, a young Argentinian filmmaker whose body of work is also fulfilled with acting credits in films like XXY, by Lucía Puenzo. Being one of his first works behind the camera, Piroyansky would latter be involved in the writing of big studio films like Condorito, la película (2017), based on the homonymous Chilean comic book. She Doesn't Love Me is a dramedy about a couple who is about to celebrate their third anniversary, and decide to travel to the Uruguayan coast to reinforce their bounds. However, during the trip, we enter in the mind of him and star to understand the fears and frustrations that his neurosis produces when he realizes she never explicitly tells him “I love you”. Why is this? Is she making it at purpose, or... Maybe she really doesn’t? The internal monologue goes on and on dissecting the most basic of relationships, from the importance of personal space, to the appreciation of little and valuable moments. This short film won various awards from all over the world, from Best Short Film at the Lakino Film Festival (2010) in Berlin, to the Festival de Cine de Quito (2010)in Ecuador.

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Drama
Argentina | 13min | 2011
This somewhat feminist best indie is written and directed by Sabrina Campos, and was released in 2011. It showcases one of the most enduring landmarks of Argentinian best movies: its hybrid personality between Latin American Guerrilla filmmaking, and the naturalistic spontaneity of John Cassavetes’ or Jim Jarmusch’s auteaur styles. Salon Royale, then, mixes and celebrates (in just two scenes) the influences of two distinctive and somewhat different approaches to filmmaking. The film narrates a night in the lives of three friends on their way to a wedding party somewhere in Buenos Aires. One of them, Ana, has high hopes of knowing someone new, but her expectations crashed when one of her friends reveals to her that (unluckily) her ex seems to be going to the party. Ana insist that she has overcome everything… But does she? Salon Royale won more than 20 international awards and was selected in more than 50 festivals around the world: it won the Public Prize at the Brussels Film Festival, the Jury Prize at the Vancouver Latino Film Festival, and Best Film at the Alucine Latin film & media arts festival, in Toronto.

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Romance
Argentina | 20min | 2014
Saint tells the story of Lourdes, a teenager in a very religious family. Even though his father, Roberto, is separated from his mother, Paula, they attend church together every week as the perfect family; this is seen from the first scene, and leads up to the central theme of the short film: how appearances are more harmful than truth, and how they can destroy an entire family. So… Is it better then to be yourself even though it might represent a Calvary of a situation? The questions are asked and leaved to the examination of the viewer, as the story unfolds after Lourdes’ mother discovers her kissing with Agostina, her best friend, in her bedroom. Can faith and religion cure her? She must deal with the unaware suppressed emotions of her parents, and try to heal herself without projecting all on Agostina, which just wants to be loved. Carlos Vilaro Nadal is the director of this Queer Indie Drama that was selected in various LGBT Film Festivals around the world, like the Lesbigaytrans International Film Festival of Asuncion, in Paraguay, or the Outfest in Santo Domingo.

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