Archive of films Magic Gloves / Los Guantes Mágicos

2003, 90 min

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Year: 2004

An absurd tragi-comedy about a taxi driver, who suddenly finds himself in the middle of a separation, very drastic climactic changes, sudden wealth, magic gloves, sudden impoverishment, pornographic film productions, a new relationship, extreme depression, an addiction to pills and alcohol, changes of domicile and job - among other things. 


The Magic Gloves is an absurd tragicomedy about a taxi driver, Alejandro (driver of an old and ugly Renault 12), who suddenly finds himself in the middle of a separation, very drastic climatic changes, sudden wealth, characters who want to return to live in Argentina, others who leave for ever, magic gloves, sudden impoverishment, countless trips to the airport, pornographic film productions, a new relationship, extreme depression, an addiction to pills and alcohol, and changes of domicile and job, among other things. None of this seems to affect Alejandro much; in fact, he gives the impression that the only thing that affects him is his car. The action of The Magic Gloves is set in Buenos Aires, although the universe where the characters live and act is a very particular one. Buenos Aires appears as an island, an enclosed microcosm in which the characters and objects respond to a logic of their own.

About the director

Martín Rejtman (b. 1961) was born in Buenos Aires where he lived until he was 21. In 1981 he moved to the US to study film at New York University. He later worked in Italy as an assistant editor at Cinecittá Studios. Before directing his own films he worked as an assistant director on various productions. In 1992 Rejtman directed his first feature, Rapado. The film was shown at Locarno, Rotterdam and other film festivals. In 1999 he directed his second feature film, Silvia Prieto, which was screened, for example, at the Sundance Festival and in Berlin, San Sebastian, San Francisco, Munich, London, Vienna, Salonika and Nantes, where it won awards for Best Screenplay and Best Actress. The film was shown also at Karlovy Vary in 2001. Rejtman directed a number of short films and, in addition to being a filmmaker, is also a writer. His books have been published both in Argentina and in Europe. The Magic Gloves (Los guantes mágicos, 2003) is his third feature.


Rizoma Films
Virrey Loreto 3709, C1427DXC, Buenos Aires
Tel: +54 11 455 615 19
Fax: +54 11 455 615 19

Pandora Filmproduktions GmbH
Ebertplatz 21, 50668, Cologne
Tel: +49 221 973 320
Fax: +49 221 973 329

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Director: Martín Rejtman
Screenplay: Martín Rejtman
Dir. of Photography: José Luis García
Music: Gabriel Fernández Capello
Editor: Rosario Suárez
Producer: Hermán Massaluppi, Martín Rejtman
Production: Rizoma Films, koprodukce / co-production: Pandora Film Produktion GmbH
Cast: Gabriel "Vicentico" Fernández Capello, Valeria Bertuccelli, Fabián Arenillas, Susana Pampín, Cecilia Biagini, Diego Olivera, Leonardo Azamor, Pietr Krysav, Denis Lukin, Yelena Goreyeva
Contact: Rizoma Films, Pandora Filmproduktions GmbH

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