Road movies are a staple of Argentinian cinema. Partly, this is a
consequence of the sheer size of the country. But as Adam Feinstein –
the curator of this season of Argentinian films at the Cinema Museum –
argues, road movies also represent a tellingly appropriate genre for a
nation continuing to grapple with the aftermath of the military
dictatorship of the late-1970s and early-1980s, where so many are still
conducting their own voyages of self-discovery (or escaping from their
past). Set in Patagonia, Bombón: El perro (Bombón: The Dog)
tells the gentle, heart-warming tale of Juan (Juan Villegas), an
unemployed mechanic who is unable to provide for his family and lacks
the companionship he craves until he finds himself the recipient of a
pooch called Bombón. Juan and a dog trainer (Walter Donado) attempt to
make their fortune in the show tent. But they run into unforeseen
difficulties. Written and directed by Carlos Sorín and using
non-professional actors to refreshingly spontaneous effect, Bombón: El perro is immensely touching and charmingly whimsical.
Sorín told Adam Feinstein: ‘I must have been influenced by the
Americans writers of the 1950s whom I read long before I even thought
about making cinema. I feel a special fascination for interminable
highways, chance encounters, service stations or road-side motels.
Perhaps the need to continue on the road is a metaphor for life itself.’
The film will be introduced by Adam Feinstein, who has interviewed Carlos Sorín.
Doors open at 18.30, for a 19.30 start.
Refreshments will be available in our licensed cafe/bar.