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Celebrate the 2nd Argentine Film Festival this August 2016 at Shangri-La


Welcome the 2nd Argentine Film Festival, happening this August 18 to 21, 2016, at the Shangri-La Cineplex, Mandaluyong. Organized by the Embassy of Argentine Republic in cooperation with Film Development Council of the Philippines and Shangri-la Cineplex, the festival continues to acquaint Manila audiences with the thriving Argentine culture and one of the richest and most developed film cultures in Latin America. With a diverse medley of works, filmgoers are sure to have a valuable experience with the colorful cinema of Argentina.




Ideas of alienation and the preoccupations that keep us separated are explored in romantic comedy Sidewalls (Medianeras, 2011) as it follows two city-dwellers who live in buildings just across from each other but are worlds apart. Division is further illustrated in The Man Next Door (El Hombre de al Lado, 2009), where conflict arises between Leonardo, a designer, and Victor, a used car salesman, with the window Victor tries to install overlooking Leonardo’s property.


There are darker themes to be found in the festival, such as in Paulina (La Patota, 2015). The drama is centered on the title character, Paulina, and the perspectives of the people around her as she chooses to continue teaching at a town following her violent assault by a gang of youths there. Noir thriller Betibú (2014) also looks into a crime—the murder of a rich businessman—and follows a pair of journalists and a novelist who cover the story, becoming entrenched in the danger they investigate.

More lighthearted fare comes in the form of comedies The Mystery of Happiness (El Misterio de la Felicidad, 2013) and Fermín, Glories of Tango (Fermín, Glorias del Tango, 2014). In The Mystery of Happiness, a man’s business partner and dear friend for years suddenly vanishes, and he and his wife set out to get to the bottom of the disappearance, discovering a person they only though they knew so well. In Fermín, Glories of Tango, a psychiatrist discovers that his old patient at the hospital speaks in the titles and lyrics of tangos, and when he seeks to treat the man they bond over the times of a quickly fading past and art.



The 2nd Argentine Film Festival screens at Cinema 4 of Shangri-La Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong, from August 18, Thursday, to August 21, Sunday. Audiences will enjoy the films for free, with screenings being first-come, first-serve. Films will screen in their original versions with English subtitles.


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