Monday, October 26, 2015

The first-ever Argentine Film Festival takes the spotlight at Shangri-La Plaza’s Shang Cineplex this coming October 28 to 31, 2015.

The exciting line-up showcases the five films from the best of contemporary Argentine cinema, including the short film “The Queen” by Manuel Abramovich, the experimental-adventure film “The Gold Bug” by Alejo Moguillansky and Fia-Stina Sandlund, the animation “Underdogs” by Juan José Campanella, the drama “Wild Tales” by Damián Szifron, and the satire “The Corporation” by Fabián Forte.

In “The Queen,” Ambramovich delves into the world of child beauty pageants, illustrating the ironies, illusions, and contradictions its young participants are manipulated into believing and emulating. The eleven-year-old Memi is one of these young girls, and her journey in this deceptive universe is an unhappy one. The film won awards in nearly fifty film festivals around the world, including the Melbourne Film Festival, Documenta Madrid, BAFCI, and the Los Angeles Film Festival.

The Gold Bug,” loosely based on the story of the same name by macabre-master Edgar Allan Poe, is a thrillingly dizzy combination of adventure, philosophy, political treatise, and satire. Rafa, an actor onset of a film in the middle of production, poses to the producers a new film to shoot instead, motivated by his critical views of Europe and colonialism. He instigates a search for a treasure that seems to promise answers to all of his existential questions.

Underdogs,” inspired by the short story “Memoirs of a Right Wing” by Argentine writer Roberto Fontanarrosa, centers on a young foosball player who accepts the challenge of his longtime rival. It is an underdog match, prompting him to seek the help from an unexpected source. The film broke the record for highest grossing opening Argentine film at the box office, and is the most expensive Argentine and Latin American animated feature of all time.

Nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film of the Year at the 2015 Oscars and also for the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2014, “Wild Tales” is an anthology film made up of six standalone short dark comedies and dramas, all weaved together by the theme of vengeance and absurdity.

An urban thriller, “The Corporation” sheds light on the façades of consumerist and patriarchal society as it follows the marriage of Felipe and Luz. They both seem to be leading a happy marriage until it is revealed that their happy life together is a sham. Felipe bought it as a service from The Corporation, a company that provides its clients their ideal partner and an idyllic life — but for a high price.

The festival was made possible by the Embassy of Argentina in the Philippines, the Film Development Council of the Philippines, and Shang Cineplex.


October 29, 2015 - Thursday

6:30 pm - La Corporación (Premier Theatre)
8:30 pm - El Escarabajo de Oro (Premier Theatre)

October 30, 2015 - Friday

5:30 pm - El Escarabajo de Oro (Premier Theatre)
8:00 pm - Metegol (Premier Theatre)

October 31, 2015 - Satuday

5:00 pm - Metegol (Premier Theatre)
7:30 pm - La Reina (Premier Theatre)
8:00 pm - Relatos Salvajes (Cinema 4)

Shangri-la Plaza Mall is located at Shaw Blvd. cor. EDSA, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila.

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