Original Title: ZONDA: FOLCLORE ARGENTINO
Running Time: 85min
Film Year: 2015
Category: Knight Competition
With this, the latest in his series of sensuous explorations of Ibero-American culture (Flamenco, Tango, Fados et al.), Spanish master Carlos Saura captures the songs, dances and colors that make up Argentina’s gorgeous and unique traditional music. From the Pampas to the Andes and everywhere in between, Saura and his team seek out the particular sounds of each region and its performers, united as they so often are by a distinctive brand of nostalgia, an elegiac beauty and a profound passion that offers a marked contrast to the stereotype of Argentine reserve.
Artists such as Mercedes Sosa, Chaqueño Palavecino, Lucho González, Ballet Nuevo Arte Nativo de Koki y Pajarín Saavedra, Melania Pérez, Atahualpa Yupanqui, Jaime Torres, Soledad Pastorutti, Orquesta Popular Los Amigos Del Chango, Lito Vitale, Pedro Aznar are immortalized on the big screen in Argentina, a journey through a musical landscape teeming with bold style and a vibrant heart. Saura locates the soul of this country and its people in their art: the perseverance of Argentines will always be defined by their cultural legacy, which is honored in this stirring and majestic documentary that only Saura could helm. – Andres Castillo
This film is also part of the Knight Documentary Achievement Award.
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Director: Carlos Saura
Producer: Marcelo Schapces Mariana Erijimovich and Alejandro Israel
Cinematographer: Felix Monti
Editor: César Custodio, Iara Rodriguez Vilardebó