The Paranoids (Los paranoicos)

Luciano works in birthday parties and writes his first feature when friend Manuel returns from Spain to repeat his TV show, “The Paranoids”, together with his girl Sofia. Manuel is everything he is not and his trying to be helpful in his career and with women, only worsens the conflict. When Manuel leaves Sofia with Luciano for two days, she is seduced by the qualities Manuel rejects in his friend as weaknesses. Sofia changes. Luciano also, but only at the last moment he can overcome the fears he has been cultivating his whole life.

Elefante Blanco

Gerónimo is a 45 year old man devastated by a tragic event. His friend Julian tries out afloat by encouraging him to participate in the project of a marginal town near Buenos Aires. Both are Catholic priests who decided to dedicate their life to the poorest: Geronimo in the Third World and Julian in Argentina. While working in Villa Virgen, Geronimo begins to wonder if the Church is the right institution to protect the weak. Julian, meanwhile, decides that the best way to change the lives of the needy people is politics. The counterpoint is Luciana, an atheist lawyer who has a different perspective on social reforms.

The Gold Bug

Feminism, Victoria Benedictsson, Leandro N. Alem, the Radical Party in Argentina, suicide, stunts, Edgar Allan Poe, the complicated relationship between low-budget films with a political aim and the film industry, Robert Louis Stevenson, fiction, facts, greed, gold treasures left by the Jesuits in Argentina, the 19th Century vs. the contemporary and the search for truth and wisdom are the background for this portrait of a clash between a Swedish artist and an Argentine film director.

The Parrot and the Swan

Alejo Moguillansky offered a beguiling fusion of dance theatre and film noir in Castro (LFF 2009); now he turns to comedy in this gentle, melancholic love story in which the film-within-a-film plotline is refracted through a dry, deadpan humour. A film crew are making a documentary on contemporary dance theatre in Argentina, with the sound recordist (El Loro – ‘The Parrot’ in English) caught in the midst of a messy break-up with his girlfriend, who has dumped him by letter. Loro begins to fall for one of the dancers in the film, only for her to disappear and leave him with a dilemma. Moguillanksy details the labour involved in the creative process with adept, playful energy, making The Parrot and the Swan not only a contemplation of dance on film but also a teasing romance where the object of desire is always somewhat out of the hapless Loro’s grasp.

Two Shots Fired (Dos Disparos)

When 16-year-old Mariano finds a gun in his house, he has a thoughtless impulse and shoots himself twice. Immediately, we learn that he survives and he is in perfect condition. Two Shots Fired is the story of how his family copes with this event. [Synopsis courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival]