ABALLAY
ABALLAY: EL HOMBRE SIN MIEDO
2011, 100 min, Argentina, Dir: Fernando Spiner

Gaucho Aballay (Pablo Cedrón) brutally kills a man during a routine highway hold-up. When he sees the shattered and terrified look on the face of the murdered man's young son, Julián, hidden during the attack, Aballay resolves to change his criminal ways. Ten years later, the gaucho has become a mysterious local saint, forever mounted on a horse as penance for his earlier deeds. A grown-up Julián (Nazareno Casero) materializes in town seeking revenge for his father's death, with pictures sketched from his memory of the murderous culprits. Julián's relationship with his father's murderer becomes more complex than he bargained for when predatory psychopath El Muerto (Claudio Rissi) forces him to seek Aballay's protection. "An homage to both Argentina's gaucho culture and the brutal oaters of Sam Peckinpah and Walter Hill, ABALLAY is raw, surreal and memorable… broodingly intense, fierce and visually dazzling… Helmer Fernando Spiner brilliantly makes his point about the violence that underpins both Argentinean and American popular culture. " – Variety. In Spanish with English subtitles.


VANISHING POINT
1971, 20th Century Fox, 97 min, USA, Dir: Richard Sarafian

Ex-stock car driver and uncompromising loner, Kowalski (Barry Newman) drives a turbo-charged white Dodge Challenger into psychedelicized oblivion, pursued by an army of cops and naked motorcyclists. The great Cleavon Little co-stars as "Super Soul," blind disc jockey and visionary madman of the airwaves. Fasten your seatbelts. With Severn Darden, Dean Jagger and Paul Koslo.


DAS BOOT
1981, Sony Repertory, 149 min, West Germany, Dir: Wolfgang Petersen

Adapted by Petersen from the 1973 German novel 'Das Boot' by Lothar-Günther Buchheim, this riveting war film stars Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer and Klaus Wennermann in the fictional story of a U-96 and its crew patrolling the waters during World War II. From the excitement of battle to the tedium of the fruitless hunt, DAS BOOT depicts the men serving aboard U-boats as ordinary individuals with a desire to do their best for their comrades and their country. In German with English subtitles.


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