Dir. Daniel Burman (100min, Argentina, 2004)
Spanish with English Subtitles
Ariel, a young man in his twenties, is our guide through a community mostly made up of Jewish business owners struggling to stay afloat in a Buenos Aires shopping mall. Fed up with the grind, he seeks Polish citizenship so he can become “European.” Torn over whether or not to leave Argentina, Ariel’s feelings are amplified by his father’s abandonment of the family during the Yom Kippur War when he left for Israel and never returned.
Seeking guidance, Ariel consults his mother, brother, grandmother (whose childhood in Poland is the conceit under which he is applying for Polish citizenship) and the other assorted denizens of his multicultural Buenos Aires neighborhood.
Film selected and synopsis written by Joshua Ford, WJFF Director, 2003-2010.
In 1995, he launched his own production company together with Diego Dubcovsky, BD Cine (Burman and Dubcovsky Cine). His loose trilogy of films, Waiting for the Messiah (2000), Lost Embrace (2004), and Family Law (2006), were all written and directed by Burman and star Uruguayan actor Daniel Hendler. They are largely autobiographical, dealing with the life of a young neurotic Jew in contemporary Buenos Aires.
Burman was also a co-producer of the successful The Motorcycle Diaries (2004).