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Directed by Gastón Solnicki

Argentina 2016 72 mins. In Spanish

Loosely based on Béla Bartók’s 1918 opera “Bluebeard’s Castle” and largely constructed out of improvised scenes featuring non-actors, Solnicki’s film follows a group of young women embarking on life away from their parents’ watchful eye, and into an oscillation between a perplexing existence in a Uruguayan resort town and drab days in Buenos Aires. Shot with a formalist rigor (you may not see a more outwardly beautiful film this year) and edited toward the symbolic and elliptical, Solnicki’s exactingly stunning film is “a challenging, invigorating vision of cinema’s continued vitality.”—Sight & Sound. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Reviews: Cinema Scope, Variety, Brooklyn Magazine, Screen Slate (alphabetical, scroll down)

Interviews: Interview with Gastón Solnicki at Film Comment

Filmography: Papirosen (2011), Süden (2008)

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