The Best in Contemporary World Cinema

La Antena
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Directed by Esteban Sapir
Argentina, 2007
Runtime: 90 min

Awards and Nominations

  • 2008 Best Art Direction, Argentinean Film Critics Association
  • 2008 Best Cinematography, Argentinean Film Critics Association
  • 2008 Best Costume Design, Argentinean Film Critics Association
  • 2008 Best Director, Argentinean Film Critics Association
  • 2008 Best Editing, Argentinean Film Critics Association
  • 2008 Best Film, Argentinean Film Critics Association
  • 2008 Best Music, Argentinean Film Critics Association
  • 2008 Best Sound, Argentinean Film Critics Association
  • 2007 Clarin Award Best Director Film, Clarin Entertainment Awards, Argentina
  • 2007 Best Original Music, Clarin Entertainment Awards, Argentina
  • 2007 Best Cinematography, Transylvania Film Festival
  • 2007 Best film, Titanic Film Festival, Hungary
Film Description

"One of the season's most lovingly crafted and strikingly original films."
Sandra Hamer, director, IFF Rotterdam.

Acclaimed Argentinean writer-director Esteban Sapir gives us a noir glimpse into the wintry Metropolis homes of three families living in the year XX. The scene is a voiceless world with television as the primary controlling force. People watch TV. People eat TV meals. The merciless Mr. TV monopolizes both word and image while working on a sinister hypnotic machine to ensure his power. He kidnaps the only "voice" - that of a stunningly beautiful singer. Though shot in black-and-white, silent-film style, with influences of German Expressionism, Spain's Bunuel, Germany's Lang, Russia's Vertov, and France's Melies, "The Antenna" offers a very modern film invention.
Opening Night Reception.

Friday, April 4, 7:00pm
Melwood Screening Room

Recharge your batteries!  Add fuel to your fire!  The East End Food Co-op offers viewers an international sampling of hot eats and fair trade drinks.  Tango Cafe will leave you voiceless as you fill your mouth with their donated array of Argentine desserts, teas and coffees, or experience a taste of Argentina's wine country, sans the hassle of a flight, with complimentary Malbec samples.  For those
with more of a craving for the cool, Bison Grass Vodka, the official drink of the festival brings you the "little water" served in New York's finest restaurants (for those of age only... sorry to all younger film fans).

Director Bio: Esteban Sapir

Esteban Sapir was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1967. He began working as a cinematographer in 1995 on Rey muerto and wrote, directed, and shot his first film, "Picado fino" (Fine Powder), in 1996. Since then, Sapir has worked steadily as cinematographer and director, culminating in the acclaimed "La Antena." He won the Clarin Award for Best Director for "La Antena" and won a Silver Condor Award (by the Argentinean Film Critics
Association) for "Life According to Muriel."

 

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