“A superbly persuasive thriller about the dark side of the police.”
With its grainy, sepia-toned cinematography and low-key naturalistic performances from non-professional actors, Pablo Trapero’s first feature Crane World (Mundo grúa) about an unemployed middle-aged man trying to rebuild his life, was immediately hailed as a stylistic throwback to 1940’s Italian neo-realism, and won the Critics Prize at Venice Film Festival in 2000. His second feature, El Bonaerense (2002) premiered at Cannes, and continued to galvanize international acclaim for its director.
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With eight features to date, Trapero has broadened his scope: Carancho, White Elephant and the recent hit The Clan, explicitly and forcefully act as pieces of social criticism, shining a potent light on the issues facing Argentina’s society today.
The Argentine Film Festival is delighted to welcome Pablo Trapero to London to introduce this special presentation of Crane World and El Bonaerense at Picturehouse Central on Saturday 20th August.
CRANE WORLD (Mundo grúa, 1999)
Trapero blends... gritty realism with comic touches in his lo-fi debut. Luis Margani brings levity to his performance as Rulo, a middle-aged and lovably inept construction worker, who stumbles through an unjust world with a naïve shrug of the shoulder.
A successful musician in the ’70s, but now divorced and living with his son, Rulo finds it hard to adapt to his new career as a crane operator and loses his first job to a younger, fitter man after ignoring the advice of the doctor at the construction site to lose weight and quit smoking. With no other option, he travels thousands of miles south to a building project in Patagonia and has little awareness of the obstacles that are piling up before him.
EL BONAERENSE (2002):
The inner workings of el Bonaerense, Buenos Aires’ notorious provincial police force, are laid bare in Pablo Trapero’s uncompromising second feature.
Zapa (Jorge Román) is fast-tracked into the force by his uncle Ismael (Roberto Posse) - the former police chief - after a safe-cracking job goes wrong, and his accomplice disappears.
Adjusting to his new surroundings, the young officer in training is oblivious (or indifferent) to the injustices in the new world around him, but is slowly engulfed by the police culture of el Bonaerense, where incompetence, corruption and casual violence are part of the everyday.