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LOCK CHARMER
EL CERRAJERO
2014, Memento Films, 77 min, Argentina, Dir: Natalia Smirnoff

A Grand Jury Prize nominee at the Sundance Film Festival, this charming drama explores the human need for direction by employing a touch of magic realism. The “Smoke Days” of 2008 in Buenos Aires leave Sebastian (Esteban Lamothe) with an unusual ability to see into peoples’ lives as he fixes their locks. The commitment-phobic locksmith is also dealing with a pregnant girlfriend and an unexpected house guest, and his strange new power may be the key to putting his own life in order. In Spanish with English subtitles.


LOCK CHARMER
EL CERRAJERO
2014, Memento Films, 77 min, Argentina, Dir: Natalia Smirnoff

A Grand Jury Prize nominee at the Sundance Film Festival, this charming drama explores the human need for direction by employing a touch of magic realism. The “Smoke Days” of 2008 in Buenos Aires leave Sebastian (Esteban Lamothe) with an unusual ability to see into peoples’ lives as he fixes their locks. The commitment-phobic locksmith is also dealing with a pregnant girlfriend and an unexpected house guest, and his strange new power may be the key to putting his own life in order. In Spanish with English subtitles.


THE STUDENT
EL ESTUDIANTE
2011, 124 min, Argentina, Dir: Santiago Mitre

Roque (an excellent Esteban Lamothe) has left his provincial hometown for the University of Buenos Aires, a campus he finds overwhelmed with indecipherable slogans and students rallying for different political parties and causes. As he develops a crush on a cute teaching assistant (Romina Paula) trying to instigate reform, and befriends Professor Acevedo (Ricardo Felix), a veteran campus politician, Roque is lured into the school's vibrantly seductive political realm (and away from his homework), and climbs the ranks as Acevedo's campaign and event organizer. But political allegiances are not without a price, and Roque soon realizes the ruthless nature of some of his newfound friends and allies. Official selection of the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and 2011 Locarno Film Festival. "A taut, incisive look at university wheeling and dealing." –Variety. In Spanish with English subtitles.


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