Films 2018

Malambo, el hombre bueno

Runtime:
71.0 min.
Year of Production:
2017
Country:
Argentina
Director:
Production Company:
Varsovia Films
Berlinale Section:
Panorama
Berlinale Category:
Feature Film

Screening at the Festival:

16. 02. 18CinemaxX 720:00
17. 02. 18CineStar 322:45
18. 02. 18Cubix 720:15
21. 02. 18CineStar 320:15
24. 02. 18CineStar 320:15

Dignified, strong and formidable, and oozing erotic attraction: young malambo dancer Gaspar is at one with his passion for dance that he has made his profession. But, as director Santiago Loza makes clear at the beginning of his film, the Argentinian competitive dance malambo is an uncompromising battle against time. This is a dance to which you devote your entire life and, even if you should happen to win the top championship joust, you are henceforth condemned to training the next generation or to appearing in nightly cruise shows, for there is no possibility to take part in this competition again. Loza’s contrasty, magical black-and-white images whisk us away into the world of Argentinian gaucho dance. Billed as a fiction, his film comes across as a mixture of documentary, fairy-tale, biography and essay in which he juxtaposes the beauty of the dance battles with the harsh realities faced by the dancer himself. Gaspar’s devotion begins to take its toll on his body. There seems to be no longer anything else but malambo. In his few rare encounters with life beyond the dance floor Gaspar meets family members, competitors and his flatmate – all in the heat of his tiny apartment.

FILMOGRAFIE Santiago Loza (selection)

2017 Malambo, el hombre bueno 

Interview with Santiago Loza

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