Four guest speakers, three films and two days of workshops come together for Viva Argentina: Current Trends in Argentine Cinema, to be held October 2-4 in Ottawa. The event is a first-time collaboration between the Canadian Film Institute (CFI), University of Ottawa's Spanish Program, and the Embassy of Argentina in Canada.

Viva Argentina begins with a gala presentation on October 2 of THE LAST ELVIS (El último Elvis, dir. Armando Bo, 2012). A reception will follow the film, where all visiting filmmakers will be in attendance.


Thursday, October 3rd marks the presentation of GONE FISHING (Días de pesca, dir. Carlos Sorin, 2012). Director Carlos Sorín and producer Patricia Bustamante will speak about their film. The final screening on October 4 will feature the blockbuster comedy TWO PLUS TWO (Dos más dos, dir. Diego Kaplan, 2012). Juan Vera, the film’s producer and screenwriter, will attend the screening and answer audience questions. All films will be presented in Spanish, with English subtitles.

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To coincide with the screenings, the University of Ottawa’s Spanish Program is organizing the Research Workshop Trends in Argentine Cinema: Twenty Years After the "New Cinema", with the participation of six research professors from the University of Ottawa, McGill University, Université de Montréal, University of South Carolina, and Saint Francis-Xavier University. Together with the visiting guests from Argentina, they will present their reflections on the aesthetic and political directions charted out in contemporary Argentine films in relation to the 1990s productions that broke with existing modes of filmmaking to usher in the movement dubbed by critics as "New Argentine Cinema". Attendees will be able to engage with all the visiting guests on various topics regarding recent and upcoming trends in Argentina’s world-famous cinema.

"It’s no surprise that Argentine cinema has been receiving so much attention on an international level," says CFI Executive Director Tom McSorley. "The incredible stories and artistry that Argentina’s filmmakers have to offer the world are in a class of their own. To have these guests here, to speak with us about their work, will only further enrich the filmgoing experience for our audience."

All three films screenings begin at 7pm and take place at the Auditorium of 395 Wellington St. (the Library and Archives Building). Tickets for each film are available at the door: $12 for general admission, and $8 for CFI Members, seniors and students. Film information and trailers can be found on the CFI website at

The Research Workshop is two full-day presentations in Spanish, but discussions and questions can be addressed in English and French.

For information about the Research Workshop, contact professor Gaston Lillo, Spanish Program MLL

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