Argentina

Maid

(Camarera de Piso)

Celebrated Argentinian filmmaker Lucrecia Martel explores themes of class, labour and gender violence through the story of a woman who applies for a job as a maid, haunted by an unspecified family trauma. Inspired by forms of contemporary dance, the film probes a kind of audio-visual choreography, focusing on the continuous movement of the body in space and the disruptions that occur offscreen and in the interplay between linear and nonlinear time.

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12 mins

Desterro

(Desterro)

Laura and Israël are a couple in their mid-thirties who are almost entirely linked to life and each other by their five-year-old son, Lucas. As the days go by, they fulfil their roles as partners, parents and adults in contemporary Brazil. But is there a way out of alienation?

Run Time

123 mins

Two women spend a weekend in the North Sea. One of them will soon return to her family in Argentina, whereas the other one will try to come a step closer to the ocean. She will cross the Atlantic Ocean on a sailing vessel. Time leaves the beaten track and the swell lulls to deep sleep. The sea takes over the narration. When the other one reappears, the wind is still in her hair while the ground beneath her feet is solid. She returns and the other one could ask: ‘Have you changed?’

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94 mins

The Future Perfect

(El futuro perfecto)

Xiaobin is 17 and unable to speak a word in Spanish when she arrives in Argentina. A few days later, she’s given a new name and a new job at a Chinese supermarket. Her family lives in the parallel universe of their launderette, separated from the Argentineans.

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65 mins