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Horizontes Selection
2004. 52nd Edition
Films
Films
Horizontes Selection
Horizontes Selection
Crónicas / Scoops
Sebastián Cordero
 
Manolo Bonilla, star anchorman of a Miami programme carrying hard sensationalistic stories, has flown down to a small town in Ecuador with his team on the trail of a child serial killer and rapist, the ?Monster of Babahoyo?. The accidental death of a young boy brings the town to the verge of lynching Vinicio Cepeda, a humble travelling salesman. Manolo?s intervention saves the ...
Manolo Bonilla, star anchorman of a Miami programme carrying hard sensationalistic stories, has flown down to a small town in Ecuador with his team on the trail of a child serial killer and rapist, the ?Monster of Babahoyo?. The accidental death of a young boy brings the town to the verge of lynching Vinicio Cepeda, a humble travelling salesman. Manolo?s intervention saves the man?s life. Jailed for involuntary manslaughter, Vinicio offers Manolo information on the ?Monster? in exchange for a news story about his wrongful imprisonment. Manolo accepts, powerfully drawn to the dark side he senses in Vinicio, soon starting to break the rules, determined to be the hero who single-handedly stops the killer.
El atraco / The Heist
Paolo Agazzi
 
Bolivia. The late 80s. A truck carrying a consignment of cash (the wages of thousands of miners) is attacked and robbed mid-Andean altiplano. The amount of the haul gives even the bandits the surprise of their lives. A confused investigation is launched amid serious cries of ineptitude, corruption and protection by the police themselves. Adolfo, an intelligent and honest detect...
Bolivia. The late 80s. A truck carrying a consignment of cash (the wages of thousands of miners) is attacked and robbed mid-Andean altiplano. The amount of the haul gives even the bandits the surprise of their lives. A confused investigation is launched amid serious cries of ineptitude, corruption and protection by the police themselves. Adolfo, an intelligent and honest detective, makes his own parallel research into the situation, following the robbers closely; his intuition tells him that there?s someone else behind the hoist, someone very powerful, someone more redoubtable than the robbers themselves.
La vida por Perón / Your Life for Perón
Sergio Bellotti
Argentina 
On the day of Juan Domingo Perón?s death, soldier Alfredo Alvarez learns of his father?s sudden decease. During the wake for Don Pedro Ignacio Alvarez, Alfredo and his family become the unwilling prisoners of a left-wing Peronist organization planning to use the corpse to substitute that of Colonel Perón as part of a feverish attempt to take power. In the ensuing tragicomical...
On the day of Juan Domingo Perón?s death, soldier Alfredo Alvarez learns of his father?s sudden decease. During the wake for Don Pedro Ignacio Alvarez, Alfredo and his family become the unwilling prisoners of a left-wing Peronist organization planning to use the corpse to substitute that of Colonel Perón as part of a feverish attempt to take power. In the ensuing tragicomical situation of imprisonment, prisoners and jailers alike become victims of their ideological and personal prejudices, filtered through the prevailing speeches of the 70s.
Buenos Aires 100 Km.
Pablo José Meza
Argentina-France 
A town 100 kilometres from Buenos Aires. With its customs. With its lies, its secrets, its idiosyncrasies. A place that dreams of the capital city. A place lost in time. Esteban, Matías, Alejo, Damián and Guido were born 13 years ago in this little town. They?ve always been friends, spending the monotonous summer afternoons sitting on the stair of the ladies? hairdresser?s. A...
A town 100 kilometres from Buenos Aires. With its customs. With its lies, its secrets, its idiosyncrasies. A place that dreams of the capital city. A place lost in time. Esteban, Matías, Alejo, Damián and Guido were born 13 years ago in this little town. They?ve always been friends, spending the monotonous summer afternoons sitting on the stair of the ladies? hairdresser?s. Anxious, restless, impatient for some kind of a change, they go through the most confusing period in their lives. The change from childhood to adolescence. They feel curiosity for women and sexual awakenings, along with rebelry against their parents and family rules. A town. A whole lot of secrets. Five friends. Five friends aching for adulthood. Dreaming of living in a better place. Wanting to sustain a friendship in danger. Savouring what may be their last summer together.
Mala leche / Bad Blood
León Errázuriz
Chile 
A raw, brutal history nevertheless of sweeping and captivating vitality, taking place in today?s violent Santiago de Chile, and portraying with astonishing realism the scourge of delinquency and drugs. This is the tale of two down-and-outs and their failed debut in a drug transaction, as a result of which, risking their lives, they have to meet the 48-hour deadline of returning...
A raw, brutal history nevertheless of sweeping and captivating vitality, taking place in today?s violent Santiago de Chile, and portraying with astonishing realism the scourge of delinquency and drugs. This is the tale of two down-and-outs and their failed debut in a drug transaction, as a result of which, risking their lives, they have to meet the 48-hour deadline of returning the lost cash, leading them to a mad escalation of crime.
No sos vos, soy yo / It’s Not You, It’s Me
Juan Taratuto
Argentina-Spain 
30 plus, Javier is a surgeon cum free-time DJ. He decides to go to the USA together with his girlfriend María. She leaves ahead of him to make contacts, while he ties up his life. On his way to the airport she calls him, confused, she?s been with another man. With no house, no job and no girlfriend, Javier returns to live with his rather vague parents and visits a psychoanalys...
30 plus, Javier is a surgeon cum free-time DJ. He decides to go to the USA together with his girlfriend María. She leaves ahead of him to make contacts, while he ties up his life. On his way to the airport she calls him, confused, she?s been with another man. With no house, no job and no girlfriend, Javier returns to live with his rather vague parents and visits a psychoanalyst who ends up drunk. To overcome his loneliness, he buys a puppy that grows into a great dane and tries to get over his depression by meeting new girls. When trying to get rid of the dog he meets Julia and his life gradually falls back into place: he looks for a flat and lands a job as a doctor in an aesthetic surgery clinic. But just when things are finally looking up, María calls. She?s coming home. She needs him and wants to be sure that they?ll get back together, that he?ll forgive her. Javier has to make a decision. Julia is waiting for him too, and he?s no longer the person he was.
O outro lado da rua (The Other Side of the Street) / The Other Side of the Street
Marcos Bernstein
Brazil-France 
Regina, a lonely 65-year-old who works on the neighbourhood watch for the police in Copacabana, believes that she has witnessed a murder in the building across the street, finally getting involved with the suspect in a potentially dangerous chain of events that will force her to take stock of her life in a way that she could never have imagined.
Regina, a lonely 65-year-old who works on the neighbourhood watch for the police in Copacabana, believes that she has witnessed a murder in the building across the street, finally getting involved with the suspect in a potentially dangerous chain of events that will force her to take stock of her life in a way that she could never have imagined.
Otra vuelta / Another Turn
Santiago Palavecino
Argentina 
Young film director Sebastián Pagani returns to his native town of Chacabuco (Argentina) after a long absence with the intention of using it as the setting for his first feature film based on the tale written by Haroldo Conti, the writer from the same town murdered by the dictatorship. But a sudden reappearance from his past forces him to change his plans: a childhood friend h...
Young film director Sebastián Pagani returns to his native town of Chacabuco (Argentina) after a long absence with the intention of using it as the setting for his first feature film based on the tale written by Haroldo Conti, the writer from the same town murdered by the dictatorship. But a sudden reappearance from his past forces him to change his plans: a childhood friend has just committed suicide in unclear circumstances. Pagani gradually learns more about the death, increasingly veiled in mystery, as a plan unfolds for his own project involving him more and more in an investigation into the last days of his friend?s life. But towards the end, both concerns unexpectedly run into one another. Otra vuelta is a melancholic irony on memory and identity.
Parapalos / Pin Boy
Ana Poliak
Argentina-Belgium 
Young Adrián arrives from inland Argentina to Buenos Aires with the intention of trying to make a living, moving into his cousin Nancy?s modest apartment. He lands a job as a pin boy, standing the skittles upright and returning the balls to the players, at one of the few manual bowling alleys still open in the city. Having a great interest in other people, he eagerly listens t...
Young Adrián arrives from inland Argentina to Buenos Aires with the intention of trying to make a living, moving into his cousin Nancy?s modest apartment. He lands a job as a pin boy, standing the skittles upright and returning the balls to the players, at one of the few manual bowling alleys still open in the city. Having a great interest in other people, he eagerly listens to the stories and philosophical thoughts of his older colleagues. El Turco is a sort of guru, always in a good mood. Nippur is a hippy-cum-heavy metal geek, covered in tatooes, a jumble of dreams and contradictions. Daniel irradiates serenity and warmth. Quiroga is an ex-miner... Adrián, Nancy, El Turco, Nippur, Quiroga and Daniel could be outscasts indifferent to society, but each one in some way cares for the others.
Pueblo chico / Little Village
Fernán Rudnik
Argentina 
A lonely seaside town. The mayor has been governing the region for three decades. María, his young girlfriend, works for the post office. Toni, a sailor, arrives in town with the task of writing reports on the local situation. Together, the three lead a peaceful life. One day, foreign investors appear announcing changes in the name of progress. The mayor vehemently opposes the...
A lonely seaside town. The mayor has been governing the region for three decades. María, his young girlfriend, works for the post office. Toni, a sailor, arrives in town with the task of writing reports on the local situation. Together, the three lead a peaceful life. One day, foreign investors appear announcing changes in the name of progress. The mayor vehemently opposes the initiative. The capital cuts off their supplies and communications with the outside, leaving them hungry and alone. They resist. This is the tale of a village that refuses to disappear.
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