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.

Co-presented by Spanish & Latin American Languages, Literatures & Cultures at George Washington University.

Monday, February 23, 7:00 pm
Goethe Institut Washington
814 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC

Speaker & Events
Former WJFF Director Joshua Ford will lead a discussion after the film.
DanielBurmanDaniel Burman is an Argentine film director, screenplay writer, and producer. He was the WJFF Visionary Award Honoree in 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).

“One of those foreign pictures that steeps us in a milieu so dense, yet so convincing, that we wind up believing and being beguiled by all its people and places.” -Chicago Tribune