March 18 – 29
At Tower City
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Country: SPAIN, ARGENTINA, FRANCE
Run Time: 110 minutes
The slums of an abandoned Argentinean TB hospital built in the 30s sets the stage for this gritty drama from one of South America's most acclaimed directors, Pablo Trapero. Father Nicolas (played daringly by Belgian actor Jeremie Renier) and Father Julian work side-by-side in these slums to help build the hospital for the community. Facing gang wars between drug cartels and a bureaucratic church trying to politicize the martyrdom of famed comrade Father Carlos Mujica, the priests find themselves in an uphill battle as they try to navigate their mission in a war zone. While Julian battles an illness, Nicolas is shadowed by survivor's guilt and his new affection for the social worker Luciana (the mesmerizing Martina Gusman). With superb ensemble acting and inspired direction by Trapero, WHITE ELEPHANT is a powerful and poignant drama of faith and spirituality. As the powers against the brave men come to a head, it becomes more and more clear that, in this world, men of faith must also be men of strength. (In Spanish with subtitles) – T.W.
Juan Gordon, Pablo Trapero, Juan Pablo Gallis, Juan Vera, Alejandro Cacetta
Alejandro Fadel, MartÃn Mauregui, Santiago Mitre, Pablo Trapero
Pablo Trapero, Nacho Ruiz Capillas
Ricardo Darín, Jérémie Renier, Martina Gusman
Born in Buenos Aires, Pablo Trapero has been nominated for nearly 30 major film awards, making him one of the most decorated directors in Latin America. A graduate of the University of Cinema in Buenos Aires, his films focus on the socio-economic struggles of their heroes.
"Crane World" (1999) – 24th CIFF, "Buenos Aires" (2002), "Rolling Family" (2004), "Born and Bred" (2006), "Lion's Den" (2008) – 33rd CIFF, "Carancho" (2010) – 35th CIFF, "7 Days In Havana" (2012), WHITE ELEPHANT (2012)