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2011, Argentina/Spain, Drama/Comedy, 93 min. Starring: Ricardo Darín, Huang Sheng Huang, Muriel Santa Ana In Spanish with English Subtitles
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Roberto (Ricardo Darín) is a cranky loner. His methodical routine takes him from breakfast to his hardware store next-door to his house, to cooking dinner alone, to his collection of bizarre news stories from around the world. He goes to sleep exactly at eleven o’clock every night. He treats his customers and purveyors with disdain, and avoids yielding to the well meaning advances of Mari (Muriel Santa Ana), the only person who procures him. One of many Saturdays, after his habitual visit to the cemetery to bring flowers to his parents, Roberto crosses paths with Jun (Huang Sheng Huan), a Chinese migrant in a desperate situation to whom he reluctantly offers to help and ends up taking in. Not used to sharing his life and limited by language barriers, Roberto struggles to help Jun, breaking the force of habit, unveiling ghosts from the past, and bringing to question the sense of his rituals. As the two men grow unlikely close to each other, they realize that life may sometimes be absurd, but that perhaps nothing happens out of sheer chance.
About Sebastián BorenszteinSebastián Borensztein started his career in the 1980’s working in publicity for McCann-Erisckon, Ogilvy and others. Before making films, Borenzstein was one of the most successful and prolific TV producers, directors and writers in Argentina. He started working for his father, the comic legend Tato Bores. From 1988 to 1994, Borensztein won numerous national awards including the prestigious Martin Fierro award (the Argentinean Emmy) and “el premio Ondas,” awarded to the best Spanish language series in the world. During the 1990’s he created nearly a dozen TV series, including El Garante which won dozens of awards including four Martin Fierro awards and a nomination for the international Emmy. In the year 2000 Borensztein won the Konex Award in Argentina, recognized as one of the five best directors of the decade. That same year he created the series Tiempo final which broke rating records in Argentina, has been aired in more than 50 countries, as well as selling for remakes in Spain, Russia, Israel and other countries. Tiempo Final was also nominated for an international Emmy. In 2005 Borezstein wrote and directed his first feature, La suerte esta echada, which won numerous awards including the New Filmmaker Award from French Critics Society at the Toulouse Latin American Film Festival, and the Rail D ‘Oc prize for best screenplay and Audience Award at the Trieste Latino Cinema Festival. Following Borenstein co-wrote and directed Sin memoria for Lionsgate Entertainment and Grupo Televisa, starring Mexican actors Martha Higareda (Street Kings) and Emilio Echeverria (Amores Perros).
His third feature film Un cuento chino, was a box-office sensation in Argentina, and has been very successful in international film festivals, including Worldfest Houston, where it just won the top two awards: BEST THEATRICAL FEATURE and BEST FOREIGN FILM, the Rome Int’l (Marc Aurelio Jury award – BEST FILM, BNL Audience award – BEST FILM), Festival des Films du Monde, Glasgow, La Habana (Opening night film, Jury Award, Ciber Vote winner), and Filmfest Mannheim-Hiedelberg (Audience Award). The film has also received the Goya Award for Best IberoAmerican Film and three Sur Awards for the Argentinean Academy of Motion Pictures. Sebastián Borensztein holds a bachelors degree in Communications from the University of Salvador.
Cast Roberto – Ricardo Darín; Jun Quian – Huang Sheng Huang; Mari – Muriel Santa Ana; Roberto – (Young) Enric Rodriguez; Leonel – Ivan Romanelli
Crew Written and Directed by Sebastián Borensztein Produced by Pablo Bossi, Juan Pablo Buscarini, Gerardo Herrero, Mariela Besuievsky, Isabel García Peralta, Benjamín Odell and Axel Kuschevatzky Executive producers: Juan Pablo Buscarini and Gerardo Herrero Associated producer: Carlos L Mentasti Delegate Producer: Daniela Alvarado Production Director: Josean Gómez / Marcelo LaTorre Cinematography: Rodrigo Pulpeiro Art Direction: Laura Musso and Valeria Ambrossio Sound: Eduardo Esquide Sound editor: Charly Schmukler Editor: Fernando Pardo Music: Lucio Godoy Associated editor: Pablo Barbieri Make-up: Antonia Perez / Lucila Robirosa Costum Design: Cristina Menella Assistant director: Alejandra Uz Hair dresser: Araceli Farase / Kenyar Padilla Special effects supervisor: Alejandro Valente and Juan Elías
A Panorama Entertainment release.