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Passion, Politics, and Tango: Unveiling the Allure of Argentinian Cinema

  In the world of cinema, South American films are unique, and Argentinian films are hailed as “the new global focus.” A rich film history and many talented directors give Argentinian cinema a unique charm.
  As early as the silent film period, the cinemas on Corrientes Avenue on Broadway in Buenos Aires were often packed, and the famous local tango bands provided live accompaniment for the films. In 1933, Sono Film Company, Argentina’s largest production company, was established and immediately produced the country’s first sound film, “Tango.” Since then, Argentinian film production has continued to increase, and the formats have become increasingly rich, including melodramas, comedies, dramas, historical films, etc. Many works have opened up the international market with tango elements in them.
  In 1998, the famous Spanish director Carlos Saura directed the movie “Tango Love”. The film is actually a tango dance drama film, reflecting the real face of Buenos Aires in the late 1970s. The director uses lenses, colors and lighting to express the characters’ emotions and set off dramatic conflicts, vividly presenting Argentina’s culture and art to the world. The film was nominated for the 1999 Oscar and Golden Globe Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, and won the 1998 Cannes International Film Festival Best Cinematography Award, the 1999 Spanish Goya Award for Best Sound Effects, and the 1999 San Diego Film Critics Association Award for Best Foreign Language. Film Award.
  Argentinian films are good at using implicit artistic methods to reflect the realistic wishes of society and the people, and are full of rationality and depth. “The Official Story” directed by Luis Puenso is based on the “Plaza de Mayo Incident” and tells the most sensitive issue of “missing persons” in Argentina through the perspective of a middle school history teacher, becoming a classic Argentine realist film. One of the masterpieces, it won the 1986 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
  In the 1990s, when Argentina’s economy was in dire straits, the film industry bucked the trend and developed. The film school founded in Buenos Aires cultivated a large number of new generation film talents who supported each other and were full of creative passion. “At World’s End”, the pioneering work of “Argentine New Cinema”, came out. The talented director Lisando Ailano and his close friends Chabiro and Hertman purchased the film with their own money. After the film was released, it was immediately sold all over Argentina. lead to uproar.
  Many excellent Argentine films start from the subtleties, reflect social contradictions in a profound way, and reveal human themes in a simple and profound way. In 2002, “Son of the Bride” was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and eight awards from the Argentine Film Critics Association, and won awards at the Havana Film Festival and the Monte Carlo Film Festival. “Valentine’s Gift” is the 15th film directed by the famous Argentinian director Alejandro Acolesti. It tells the story of an eight-year-old boy living with his grandmother in the 1960s, reflecting the society. The coldness and tenderness was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 81st Academy Awards in 2009. In 2010, “Mysterious Eyes” directed by the famous Argentinian director Juan Jose Campanella won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film that year, pushing contemporary Argentine cinema to a new climax.
  The “Oslo Southern Film Festival in Norway” held every October is the European film event second only to the Cannes Film Festival. The most watched film in 2018 is “About Luna” shot by Juan Jose Campanella. Warm Memories”. In April of the same year, the Hong Kong International Film Festival specially opened the “Argentine New Films” unit to show the audience the perfect fusion of “mysterious Latin American magical realism” and “harsh new century reality”. The 2018 Berlin Film Festival can be called the “highlight moment” of Argentine films: veteran Argentine director Fernando Solanas won the Lifetime Achievement Award. His masterpiece fantasy film “Travel” inspired the artistic imagination of countless younger directors in the world’s film industry. ; Argentinian film newcomer Daniel Hendler won the Best Actor for his outstanding performance as a young mall salesman struggling to survive with his mother in “The Lost Embrace”.
  For filmmakers, Argentina is an “ideal country” where the Pampas, snow-capped mountains and glacial lakes, Tierra del Fuego, the “extreme of the world”, as well as the world-famous football and tango culture all inspire creative inspiration. Famous films such as “The Revenant”, “The Motorcycle Diaries” and “Happy Together” were all shot in Argentina.
  Founded in 1954, the Mar del Plata International Film Festival is the only comprehensive international competitive film festival in Latin America certified by the International Film Producers Association. Since 2008, the film festival has been held for one week every November in the seaport city of Mar del Plata in eastern Argentina. It has now become an important gathering place for Argentine filmmakers and an exchange platform for the development of Latin American audio-visual arts.
  The 1997 Hollywood film “Evita” tells the legendary life of the former first lady of Argentina, Eva Peron (also known as Evita), and once again brought the song “Argentina, Don’t Cry for Me” to the audience. fire. Although the film won three Golden Globes and the Oscar for Best Original Song, it caused controversy in Argentina. Argentine filmmakers said they must make Argentina’s own “Evita,” and audiences around the world are looking forward to it.