Winner of Special Jury Prizes at BAFICI (Buenos Aires) and Locarno, and a highlight of the New York Film Festival, ‘The Student‘ charts the political awakening of a student at the University of Buenos Aires. In this tense and shrewdly observed bildungsroman, a brilliant successor to films like Jean-Luc Godard’s ‘Tout va bien‘ (1972) and Krzysztof Zanussi’s ‘Camouflage‘ (1977), the apathetic yet seductive Roque (Lamothe) is drawn into the campus intrigue of warring student political parties, and finds himself torn between two competing impulses: the radical idealism of his girlfriend, a teacher assistant, and the realpolitik cunning of his mentor, a retired politician turned professor. Screenwriter- director Santiago Mitre, who has written award-winning scripts for Pablo Trapero and Walter Salles, makes his feature film debut with a sophisticated and subtle meditation on the still-unhealed wounds of Argentina’s Dirty War, and on the clash between old-guard Peronists and a younger generation of leftist activists in Buenos Aires today.
“A taut, incisive look at university wheeling and dealing.” –Robert Koehler, Variety
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About Santiago Mitre
Santiago Mitre was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1980. He studied at the Universidad del Cine. In 2004, he co-directed the feature film El amor (1ª parte) with Alejandro Fadel, Martin Mauregui, and Juan Schnitman, which was featured at the Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival (BAFICI) and the Settimana Internazionale della Critica in Venice. He’s written three feature films for Pablo Trapero: Leonera (Cannes’ Official Selection, 2008), Carancho (Un Certain Regard, 2010) and Elefante Blanco / White Elephant (Un Certain Regard, 2012). He has also written screenplays for directors Israel Caetano and Walter Salles, among others. In 2011, he co-founded the independent production company La Unión de los Ríos, producer of his first feature, El Estudiante. Last April, he premiered at BAFICI the medium length film Los Posibles, co-directed with Juan Onofri Barbato, a cross over work between film and stage, between camera and dance. He is currently developing his second feature film.
August 22-28, 2013
Cinema Tropical & Alpha Violet presents
@ Museum of Modern Art
The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters
11 West 53 St
New York, NY