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Expanish Film Club: Medianeras (2011)

Monday, April 6, 2015 12:38

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The opening scene of the 2011 Argentine film Medianeras (“Sidewalls”) is an homage to the unique architectural structures of the sprawling city of Buenos Aires. Beautifully filmed, Medianeras offers viewers a picture of what life looks like from the inside of one of the thousands of apartments that tower over the city. Have you ever walked down Avenida Santa Fe and wondered who lives in the buildings lining the street? The movie centers on two unhappy individuals who live parallel lives in neighboring apartment buildings, but have never met.

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The set-up reminded me a bit of Sleepless in Seattle, in that the two main characters never meet face to face until the end of the movie, but are obviously compatible from the very beginning. And, as in Sleepless, the city and local lifestyle plays a role in the movie.

The plot also features a prominent porteño stereotype: obsession with the psyche, phobias, and anxieties. In Buenos Aires, there’s a joke that when four friends meet for coffee, there are actually eight people participating in the conversation: the four friends, and each person’s psychoanalyst. The main characters in Medianeras and those around them all suffer from their own mental issues.

As a traveller in Buenos Aires, I enjoyed seeing images both of the city’s most famous and most average buildings and streets, journeying into the psyches of a few fictional porteños, and getting to practice my castellano listening skills in the meantime!

As of February 2015, Medianeras is available to stream on Netflix.com

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Must-see Argentinian Films

Thursday, December 4, 2014 14:19

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Planning a trip to the cine or ready for a night in with Netflix? The following films are among the top-grossing and highest-rated movies from Argentina. El Secreto de Sus Ojos and Diarios de Motocicleta are great to watch whether you are a foreigner or not! And you may still have time to catch Relatos Salvajes in theaters.

Relatos Salvajes (2014) (English: Wild Tales): 8.4/10 IMDB

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The newest cinematic edition to Argentina’s list of award-winning movies, Relatos Salvajes was written and directed by Damián Szifron and has an ensemble cast of Argentinean stars featuring Ricardo Darín, Óscar Martínez, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Érica Rivas, Rita Cortese, Julieta Zylberberg and Darío Grandinetti. It is composed of six shorts which are all connected by the common theme of violence and vengeance. You’ll see stories of deception, haunting pasts, and tragedy unfold in this dark comedy that received a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival. It has already won 6 awards and has been included in the upcoming Academy Awards as the Argentina entry for Best Foreign Language Film.

El Secreto de Sus Ojos (2009) (English: The Secret in Their Eyes): 8.3/10 IMDB

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The protagonist, Benjamín Espósito, is a retired legal counselor who begins writing a novel in hopes of finding closure for an unsolved homicide case and unrequited love from his former chief, Irene. He revisits past characters and places from the 25-year-old case and continues to be haunted by it. El Secreto de Sus Ojos won numerous awards including the 2010 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It was written and directed by Juan José Campanella and stars the familiar faces of Ricardo Darín and Soledad Villamil.

Diarios de Motocicleta (2004) (English: Motorcycle Diaries): 7.8/10 IMDB

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Follow the motorcycle road trip Ernesto “Che” Guevara took throughout South America which sparked his life’s calling. Watch the events that led a 23-year-old medical student to his eventual destiny as leader of the Cuban Revolution. The movie was directed by Walter Salles and is based on the actual journal of Che Guevara. It stars Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal and Rodrigo De la Serna. It won numerous awards including Best Film in the 2005 Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards and Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures in the 2005 Academy Awards for the song “Al Otro Lado Del RĂ­o”.

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¿Estás pensando en ir al cine o pasar una noche con Netflix? Las siguientes películas se encuentran entre las de mayor recaudación y rating en Argentina. El Secreto de Sus Ojos y Diarios de Motocicleta son geniales para ver seas o no extranjero! Y es posible que todavía tengas tiempo para ver Relatos Salvajes en los cines.

Relatos Salvajes (2014): 8.4/10 IMDB

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La novedad en la lista argentina de películas galardonadas, Relatos Salvajes fue escrita y dirigida por Damián Szifron y tiene un elenco de grandes estrellas argentinas: Ricardo Darín, Óscar Martínez, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Érica Rivas, Rita Cortese, Julieta Zylberberg y Darío Grandinetti. Se compone de seis cortometrajes que están todos conectados por el tema común de la violencia y la venganza. Verás historias de engaño, un pasado recurrente y tragedia en esta comedia de humor negro que recibió una ovación de pie en el Cannes Film Festival. Ya ha ganado 6 premios y ha sido incluida para la sección de Mejor Película de Extranjera de los premios Oscars.

El Secreto de Sus Ojos (2009): 8.3/10 IMDB

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El protagonista, Benjamín Espósito, es un consejero legal jubilado que comienza a escribir una novela sobre un caso de homicidio sin resolver y el amor no correspondido de su ex jefe, Irene. Él vuelve sobre personajes y lugares del pasado y sigue atormentado por el caso. El Secreto de Sus Ojos ganó numerosos premios incluyendo el premio Oscar 2010 para Mejor Película de Extranjera. Fue escrita y dirigida por Juan José Campanella y protagoniza los rostros familiares de Ricardo Darín y Soledad Villamil.

Diarios de Motocicleta (2004): 7.8/10 IMDB

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Sigue el viaje por carretera de motocicleta Ernesto “Che” Guevara tomĂł en toda SudamĂ©rica, que provocĂł el vocacion de su vida. Mira los eventos que llevaron un estudiante de medicina a su eventual destino como lĂ­der de la RevoluciĂłn Cubana. La pelĂ­cula fue dirigida por Walter Salles y se basa en el diario real de Che Guevara. GanĂł numerosos premios incluyendo Mejor PelĂ­cula en la AsociaciĂłn de Cronistas Cinematográficos de la Argentina 2005 y Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures en los premios Oscars 2005 para la canciĂłn “Al Otro Lado Del RĂ­o”.

¿Conocés otras películas argentinas? ¡Recomendanos alguna en los comentarios!

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Just Tango On – Scent of a Woman Review

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 13:42

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In Buenos Aires, all the tango lovers are familiar with Carlos Gardel, and his classic tango music “Por una Cabeza” [In Spanish it literally means by a head (of a horse), which talks about a compulsive horse-track gambler who compares his addiction for horses with his attraction to women.(Wikipedia)] It is not only a beautiful song to dance with, but also the directors’ favorite incidental music for movies. You must hear it in the famous Schindler’s list or Arnold Schwarzenegger’s True lies. But for me, the best version of this song is interpreted in the movie Scent of a woman by Al Pacino.

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Blind, grumpy, loudmouthed, irascible Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade (Al Pacino) hires a pre-school student in need of money, Charlie Simms (Chris O’Donnell) to escort him to New York for a ‘final fling’. Charlie has his own issues that depress him, but the two end up having such a grand time in New York City. What makes the movie engaging is the bond that we see gradually occurring between our grumpy old man and the sweet and sensitive young Charlie that accepting each other and finding the new meanings of their lives.

Without a doubt, Pacino’s tango scene with Gabrielle Anwar (Donna) is the most classic highlight through out the whole movie. When Carlos Gedrel’s famous and popular Argentine tango Por una Cabeza begins, Frank leads the beautiful woman, gently and masterfully, through the beautiful ritual of the Tango. She seems to move as one with him. Effective camera work reveals Frank’s dramatic and romantic execution of the Tango, and Donna’s pleasure and surprise at her ability to follow him, effortlessly, through this colorful dance that she has long wished to do. It’s one such magical moment – unfettered, unforced, and highly enjoyable, the dancing moment flawlessly demonstrates Frank’s yearning for life.

If you make a mistake get all tangled up, just tango on.

—-Frank Slade

Two hours and a half, two man have just met, and a journey of a lifetime. Scent of a Woman is rather endearing and it possesses a level of charm; lovely, sweet, sad, and romantic yet uplifting. Same as “Por una Cabeza”, this movie is truly a classic for the ages.

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Expanish Cinema Club Listings – June 2011

Monday, June 6, 2011 12:44

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Welcome to Expanish Blog’s latest installment of Expanish Cinema Club. As winter sets in in Argentina, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of our free cinema club, and enjoy learning Spanish whilst taking in some Argentine culture.

This month sees a selection of great Argentine movies that will entertain and fascinate. From the historical and informative (Belgrano) to comedy (El hombre de al lado).

Note: This month Expanish cinema club has been moved to a new time of 14.00 to make way for our brand new Ultimate Spanish Crash Course which takes place at 16.00

Tuesday 7th May  – El hombre de al lado

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Tuesday 14th June –  Belgrano

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Tuesday 21st June –  Cinco dĂ­as sin Nora

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Expanish Cinema Club Listings – May 2011

Thursday, May 12, 2011 9:12

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Expanish Spanish School in Buenos Aires, continues its popular free Spanish Cinema Club in May. The idea of the Spanish language Cinema Clube is to expose Spanish students and learners to Spanish films to aid Spanish language learning in an enjoyable and engaging way. Movies are shown in Spanish with Spanish subtitles to aid comprehension and attendees will get the chance to discuss the film in Spanish afterwards with Expanish’s Spanish teachers.

A fun and engaging way to learn Spanish and take in some Spanish culture at the same time!! For more information on Argentine Cinema, take a read of Expanish Blog’s recent blog post written by one of Expanish School’s profesoras (in Spanish)

Forthcoming film showings for May 2011:

Martes 10th MayHombre Mirando Al Sudeste (Eliseo Subiela)

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Martes 17th MayNo Sos Vos Soy Yo 

( Juan Taratuto)

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Martes 24th MayComodines (Daniel Barone)

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Martes 31th MayHistorias Minimas (Carlos Sorin)

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Expanish Cinema Club Listings – April 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011 8:07

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Buenos Aires based Spanish School, Expanish School continues the success of its FREE Spanish Cinema Club in April, offering non native Spanish speakers living in Buenos Aires, the chance to brush up on their Spanish language skills in a relaxed environment. The Expanish Cinema Club takes place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 16.00 and 18.00 at Expanish School in Microcentre, BA.

Each week a different Spanish language film will be shown along with Spanish subtitles. Attendees will then get the opportunity to discuss the film in Spanish with one of Expanish´s Spanish teachers.

A fun and engaging way to learn Spanish and take in some Spanish culture at the same time!!

Forthcoming film showings for April 2011:

  • Martes 5th Abril – ´Los guantes mágicos´  – Martin Rejtman (Argentina)

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  • Martes 12th Abril – “Carne trĂ©mula”  – Pedro Almodovar (España)

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  • Martes 19th Abril - “Nueve reinas” – Fabian Bielinski (Argentina)

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  • Martes 26th Abril - “El secreto de sus ojos”- Juan Jose Campanella (Argentina)

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Expanish Launches Spanish Film Club

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 16:09

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Buenos Aires based Spanish School, Expanish School is excited to announce its new FREE Spanish Film Club, offering non native Spanish speakers living in Buenos Aires, the chance to brush up on their Spanish language skills in a relaxed environment. The Expanish Film Club takes place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 16.00 and 18.00 at Expanish School in Microcentre, BA. Each week a different Spanish language film will be shown along with Spanish subtitles. Attendees will then get the opportunity to discuss the film in Spanish with one of Expanish´s Spanish teachers.

A fun and engaging way to learn Spanish and take in some Spanish culture at the same time!!

Forthcoming film showings:

Miércoles 22/3: “Japón” de Carlos Reygaday (Mexicana)

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Martes 29/3: “Whisky” de Pablo Stoll y Juan Pablo Rebella (Uruguaya)

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INFORMATION:

Date: Alternate Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Time: 16.00 – 18.00

Address: Expanish Tte Gral Juan D PerĂłn 700, Microcentre, C1038AAN   –  Buenos Aires, Argentina

Email: info@expanish.com

Visit the Expanishwebsite for more information

 

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