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Argentinian Love at the PFA

March 3, 2009

Whether it’s because of the rainy days as of late, or the anticlimactic post-Oscar season, or a combination of both, I’ve been in a major movie-watching mood and I’m really looking forward to this:

Tonight, at Berkeley’s Pacific Film Archive, will be a showing of an Argentinian film called ‘Silvia Prieto’- with the director in person! The film sounds like a darker, bleaker ‘Amelie’- which means it’s right up my alley- and the director, Martín Rejtman, has been compared to an early Jim Jarmusch. Sound interesting? Here’s the lo-down on the plot:

A charmingly erratic twenty-something woman decides to change her life—or at least drift through it slightly differently. A peculiar breed of obsessive-impulsive, Silvia Prieto is desperately seeking a new identity: she stops smoking pot, buys a parrot, vacations in Mar del Plata, gets a new job handing out free detergent on the street, and, out of curiosity or crisis, starts prank-calling the only other Silvia Prieto in the phone book. Other characters—Silvia’s ex-husband, his new girlfriend, her mopey ex-husband (who becomes Silvia’s boyfriend), a stalking Italian, the other Silvia Prieto—move in and out like beginner dancers in a drunken ronde.

I live within walking distance from the PFA and am excited to finally check it out- it offers so many beautiful and unusual showings that it’s really a shame not to. Tonight’s film is the first in a series highlighting Rejtman’s work- so if you can’t make it tonight then be sure to look into the following evenings.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009
7:30 p.m. Silvia Prieto
Martín Rejtman (Argentina, 1999). Martín Rejtman in person.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009
7:30 p.m. The Magic Gloves
Martín Rejtman (Argentina, 2003). Martín Rejtman in person.

Thursday, March 5, 2009
7:30 p.m. Copacabana
Martín Rejtman (Argentina, 2007). Martín Rejtman in person.

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