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June 17, 2017


(Dir. Gastón Solnicki, 2016)

Los Angeles premiere!


4:30 PM


5:00 PM


611 N. Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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In the  intensely creative world of independent Argentine filmmaking, Gaston  Solnicki holds a unique spot. A trained musician driven to never make  the same movie twice, he has jumped from films about music composition  and performance (Süden) to reformulating his own family’s home movies (Papirosen)  to his latest, an astonishing leap into the strange world of teenagers  adrift. Solnicki creates a mesmerizing string of set pieces inside  stunning framings and brilliant color schemes held together by a  soundtrack blasting with Bela Bartok’s electrifying opera, “Bluebeard’s  Castle.” Kékszakállú (“Bluebeard” in Hungarian) isn’t about the notoriously bloodthirsty  character, but about a growing feeling of dread that overwhelms a teen  girl as she retreats from the world. An unforgettable experience.

Plays like a beautifully evocative and minimalist satire of [a] heavily class-based milieu.

- Carmen Gray, Senses of Cinema

Inviting and approachable, a pleasantly intuitive trip through changing times.

- Scott Tobias, Variety

A  film whose every moment is the product of a nervous gamble, a young  person’s search for a reason for being, and thus a beguiling mirror of  its heroine’s journey.

- José Teodoro, Cinema Scope

It’s an  eerie high-modernist fable of girls from a seemingly well-protected  environment exiting their childhood castles for the wide world where  pleasures lure and dangers lurk—and sometimes, merely a job needs to be  found. Irony is the name of the game, but also a will for beauty that is  extremely tactile, sensual, loosely woven—in that respect, at least,  close to Bartók’s opera..

- Olaf Möller, Film Comment

Distinguished  by a fantastically enterprising and expressive use of a diverse range  of found locations. The latter vividly connote both the private anxiety  and alienation experienced by the film’s protagonists and the pervasive  malaise afflicting a highly unequal and divided national society still  processing the convulsions of the extreme financial crisis undergone at  the new millennium’s outset.

- Jonathan Murray, Cineaste

(Available to download after screening date)

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