Archive of films Smokers Only / Vagón fumador

2001, 88 min

Section: Forum of Independents
Year: 2002

An unusual love story set in modern Buenos Aires, where its 20-something heroes are in search of sex, love, adventure and easy money. But you can’t buy love…


Reni is a young girl who plays in a small local alternative rock band which performs gigs in nightclubs from time to time. Andrés is a prostitute who has sex with other men whenever and wherever he can. The two meet by chance in the streets of modern Buenos Aires, they feel the chemistry between them, spend the night together and then start roaming the city. An unusual love story from the Argentine capital about alienated twenty-year-olds looking for love, adventure and easy cash. But money can’t replace love, and love can’t be bought.

About the director

Verónica Chen (b. 1969, Buenos Aires) began her film career as an editor and director of photography for a number of television ads and video clips. After completing her film studies she was assistant editor on approximately fifteen films directed, among others, by Fernando Spiner, Pino Solanas and Marcho Bechis. Between 1997 and 2000 she edited Daniel Burman’s A Chrysabthemum Bursts in Cincoesquinas (Un crisantemo estalla en cincoesquinas) and Waiting for the Messiah (Esperando al Mesias), and Marco Bechi’s Garage Olimpo (with Jacopo Quadri) She has also made several shorts. Vagón fumador is her first feature-length film.

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Forum of Independents
Director: Verónica Chen
Screenplay: Verónica Chen
Dir. of Photography: Nicolás Theodossiou
Music: Edgardo Rudnitzky, Tema El Monte di El, Chango Spasiuk
Editor: Verónica Chen
Producer: Donald K. Ranvaud
Production: Ezeiza Films
Cast: Cecilia Bengolea, Leonardo Brezicki, Carlos Issa, Fernando Moumdjian, Juan Martín Ibero

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