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ELEFANTE BLANCO
(WHITE ELEPHANT) • PABLO TRAPERO - 2011

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Nicolas is a priest on mission deep in the forest. One night his group is attacked and killed by paramilitary forces. His reaction is to run for his life and hide. Frustrated by impotence and overcome by guilt, he accepts the invitation of his old friend Julian, also a priest, to join a project in the Buenos Aires shanty town, Villa Ciudad Oculta. His new position is located at the foot of the Elefante Blanco, an enormous half-built construction initially intended to become a public hospital, but abandoned as a cement shell no use as anything but shelter for the homeless and as a place to play for the local kids. There he meets Luciana, a lawyer who is fighting to have the work restarted. Together the three have sufficient strength to confront the problems; but, above all, they are obliged to confront their different ways of understanding faith and surrender, their commitment and generosity, the immobilism of the hierarchy and the tectonic movements in each one.   

PABLO TRAPERO
PABLO TRAPERO

First appeared on the scene in 1999 with Mundo grúa, presented at the Venice Festival. El bonaerense (2002) was premiered in Un Certain Regard at Cannes. That same year he founded the production company Matanza Cine in Buenos Aires. He returned to Venice in 2004 with Familia rodante, followed by Nacido y criado (2006) and Leonera (2008), which competed at Cannes and in Horizontes Latinos at San Sebastian. Carancho (2010) was Argentina's Academy Award candidate for Best Foreign Language Film. Elefante Blanco participated in the Un Certain Regard section at the last  Festival de Cannes. Trapero was a member of the Official Jury at the San Sebastian Festival in 2010.

 Director:
PABLO TRAPERO
 Script:
Alejandro Fadel, Martín Mauregui, Santiago Mitre, Pablo Trapero
 Production:
Juan Gordon, Pablo Trapero, Juan Pablo Galli, Juan Vera, Alejandro Cacetta
Morena Films / Matanza Cine / Patagonik Film Group
Fernando VI, 17-2ºD 28004 Madrid
ESPAÑA
Full House
21, rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud Paris
Francia
 Photography:
Guillermo Nieto
 Edition:
Nacho Ruiz Capillas, Pablo Trapero
 Music:
Michael Nyman
 Cast:
Ricardo Darín, Jérémie Renier, Martina Gusman
 Sales:
Wild Bunch
99, rue de la Verrerie 75004 Paris
FRANCIA
 Web:
 Running time:
104 m.
 Country:
ESPAÑA-FRANCIA
 Year:
2011
 
ELEFANTE BLANCO (WHITE ELEPHANT)

ELEFANTE BLANCO (WHITE ELEPHANT)

PABLO TRAPERO (ARGENTINA-SPAIN)

Pablo Trapero

Pablo Trapero

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'ELEFANTE BLANCO'

'ELEFANTE BLANCO'

Juan Gordon

'ELEFANTE BLANCO'

'ELEFANTE BLANCO'

Juan Gordon

'ELEFANTE BLANCO'

'ELEFANTE BLANCO'

Juan Gordon


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