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Pablo Trapero

  • Country: Argentina, South Korea, France, Chile
  • Year: 2010
  • Producer: Youngjoo Suh
  • Executive Producer: Pablo Trapero
  • Screenplay: Alejandro Fadel, Martín Mauregui, Santiago Mitre, Pablo Trapero
  • Runtime: 107
  • Programmes:

Sosa (Ricardo Darin) is a lawyer who haunts hospital waiting rooms hoping to represent the victims of traffic accidents in insurance claims. When he falls in love with ambulance medic Lujan, he tries to leave this dark business but the shady law firm that he works for won’t let him off that easily.

Addictions & DrugsLatin AmericaUrban LifeCrime & ThrillerHuman Rights

screening times

    • Monday September 13
    • 8:00:00 PM
    • AMC 6
    • Tuesday September 14
    • 3:30:00 PM
    • VARSITY 8
    • Sunday September 19
    • 3:30:00 PM

Note: indicates Premium Screening.

official description

Following on 2008’s Lion’s Den, one of Argentina’s most skilled filmmakers returns with a story drawn from the alarming violence on his country’s streets. Each year, more than eight thousand people are killed on the road and over a hundred thousand are injured. As a result, a disturbingly large part of the Argentine economy revolves around traffic accidents, and a profit stands to be made from the ongoing flow of medical expenses and insurance claims. Trapero’s sixth feature plunges into this murky world of opportunism, spotlighting the crooks that swoop in on emergency rooms and accident scenes.

Sosa (Ricardo Darin) works for a so-called foundation (really a dodgy law firm) that helps traffic victims make insurance claims but keeps the lion’s share of the settlements. On the job, Sosa meets Lujan (Martina Gusman), a young doctor trying to chalk up hours working round the clock as an ambulance medic and an emergency room attendant. Tired and sickened by his work, Sosa is eager to attain his license to practice law. His relationship with Lujan seems to signal a brighter future.

Filmed as a classic noir, Carancho is steeped in sombre atmospherics. Trapero depicts an intense world of car crashes, drug addiction, emergency rooms and violence. Sosa is a complex character caught in a moral quagmire, while Lujan keeps her own dark secrets. Sosa wants to make a break with his past and do the right thing with Lujan’s help, but the walls of corruption – reinforced by the doctors, lawyers and policemen who serve to protect a system – present a seemingly insurmountable barrier.

Trapero has built an impressive filmography since his 1999 debut, Crane World, heralded a new generation of Argentine filmmakers. He has a facility for crossing genres and themes, as well as an exceptional eye and a mastery of his craft. Visceral and packed with complicated moral questions, Carancho is an engrossing love story set among people who trade in sudden tragedy and death.

Diana Sanchez

director bio

Pablo Trapero was born in San Justo, Argentina. He wrote, directed and edited the short films Mocoso Malcriado (93) and Negocios (95) before directing his feature debut, the award-winning Crane World (99). He is regarded as one of contemporary Argentina’s most important and influential filmmakers, and has produced films by Lisandro Alonso, Enrique Bellande and Raul Perrone. His other features as director include Rolling Family (04), Born and Bred (06), Lion’s Den (08) and Carancho (10).

full credits

Principal Cast: Ricardo Darin, Martina Gusman, Carlos Weber, Jose Luis Arias, Fabio Ronzano
Youngjoo Suh
Executive Producer:
Pablo Trapero
Julian Apezteguia
Ezequiel Borovinsky, Pablo Trapero
Federico Esquerro
Production Designer:
Mercedes Alfonsin
International Sales Agent:
 FineCut Co., Ltd
Production Company:
Matanza Cine
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