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Argentine Films in Dialogue "Los Guantes Magicos". 21 March 2013

Featuring Los guantes mágicos [The Magic Gloves] (2003), a dark comedy directed by Martin Rejtman. This will be the third of a series of groundbreaking Argentine productions that offer stimulating responses to issues of gender, race, inequality, politics, community, and the future.

Free entrance. All welcomed. 

Los guantes mágicos is a rich satire of midlife crisis and free market capitalism. It features a down beat and sophisticated comedy focused on a cab driver and his two loves: disco dancing and his Renault 12– the car everyone loathes. The title of this wonderful chamber piece refers to those regular stretchable gloves that fit any hand size–with no magical powers. Los guantes mágicos portrays a rich satire of midlife crisis and free market capitalism.

Martin Rejtman’s films have become object of cult within the so-called New Argentine Cinema, which floured in the 1990s in the midst of the economic, social and political crisis. Rejtman is not only one of the most renowned contemporary Argentine directors but also a unique writer.

The invited speaker will be Fernando Sdrigotti (Writer; Associate Lecturer, Film and Politics, Deparment of European Cultures and Languages, Birkbeck, University of London) Fernando Sdrigotti holds a BA in History of Art from Goldsmiths, and a Masters degree in Latin American Cultural
Studies from the Department of Iberian and Latin American Studies, Birkbeck, where he is currently a PhD candidate researching New Argentine Cinema. Other research interests are world cinemas, philosophy, spatial theory, radical politics, and urban cultural studies. He is a co-founder and co-curator of the The Screen Network, and since 2010 the managing editor of the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies.

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