Archive of films La Tigra, Chaco / La Tigra, Chaco
2009, 75 min
Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Esteban returns to his home town where he meets his childhood friend Vero, who has grown into a beautiful woman. Old memories rise to the surface, new bonds are formed... This delightful low-budget directing debut by Federico Godfrid and Juan Sasiaín, crowned with a FIPRESCI award at the festival in Mar del Plata, rests, above all, on its authentic acting performances.
La Tigra, Chaco. A quiet, sleepy town only twenty blocks long. Esteban returns, after years spent living in Buenos Aires, to the place where he grew up. He has come to find his father, but the latter now has a new family, he’s a truck driver and is never at home. While Esteban waits for him, he spends time with Vero, a friend from his early days whom he now finds increasingly attractive. Each step together is filled with memories of a shared childhood, yet their excursion into the past unexpectedly becomes the promise of new possibilities for the future. This directing debut by Federico Godfrid and Juan Sasiaín, made on a minimal budget, succeeded in capturing the attention of the Argentine film critics. Reviews stated that the film had what the majority of contemporary Argentine production lacks: the ability to transfer life to the big screen. The film was applauded particularly for the authentic performances of both lead actors, together with the spontaneous acting skills of Ana Allende in the role of Esteban’s aunt, who appears in a delightful scene where she sings in Czech.
About the director
Federico Godfrid (b. 1977) studied sound and film photography at the University of Buenos Aires, he appeared in several short films and he also works as a stage director and lecturer. Juan Sasiaín (b. 1978) also graduated from the sound and photography departments, and went on to study acting and screenwriting. Like Federico Godfrid, he has a wealth of theatre experience behind him, and he also works in advertising. The filmmakers’ directorial debut, La Tigra, Chaco, despite facing tough opposition from other films in three competition sections, took away the FIPRESCI prize for Best Argentine Film at the festival in Mar del Plata.
About the film
Color, 35 mm
|Section:||Forum of Independents - Competition|
|Director:||Federico Godfrid, Juan Sasiaín|
|Screenplay:||Federico Godfrid, Juan Sasiaín|
|Dir. of Photography:||Paula Gullco|
|Producer:||Gastón Rothschild, Ignacio Rey|
|Cast:||Ezequiel Tronconi, Guadalupe Docampo, Federico Ibañez, Ana Allende, Elcida Villagra|
|Contact:||Sudestada Cine, Primer Plano Film Group S.A.|
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