1992. Argentina. Martin Rejtman. 75 min.
Friday, October 18, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
1992. Argentina. Written and directed by Martin Rejtman. With Ezequiel Cavia, Damian Dreizik, Mirta Busnelli. A key figure in the New Argentine Cinema, Martin Rejtman was the subject of a retrospective at Harvard Film Archive, and it is thanks to Harvard that we present this beautiful 35mm print. “Rejtman’s legendary feature debut became an instant cult sensation, immediately recognized as an authentic, iconic harbinger of a new sensibility in Argentine and Latin American filmmaking. Rapado boldly announced Rejtman’s signature laconic style with its restrained camerawork, zero-degree performance style, crisply distilled dialogue, and careful structure of repetitions that both abstract and intensify the largely nocturnal world tightly contained within it. A close adaptation of the title entry from Rejtman’s eponymous collection of short stories, Rapado follows two, or perhaps three, days and late nights in the life of a young man still stuck at home and enervated by the pregnant decisions that seem to weigh down his every action. A droll and melancholy comedy of delayed reaction that captures the loneliness of the corner store and video arcade, Rapado’s poignant rendering of directionless youth merits comparison to the late, desolate masterworks of Aki Kaurismäki” (Harvard Film Archive). In Spanish; English subtitles. 75 min.
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