1508 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135


DIRECTED BY Gonzalo Tobal

Country: Argentina, France, Netherlands
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English

Running Time: 99min
Film Year: 2012
Category: Miami Film 2016

One of Argentina’s most promising young directors, Gonzalo Tobal, returns to Miami for a screening and discussion of his breakthrough debut, Villegas, which had its auspicious world premiere as a Special Presentation of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and later received its US premiere at 2013 Miami International Film Festival. In Villegas, Tobal presents the idea that becoming a grown-up is an ongoing process—one that can continue well into adulthood. This carefully observed road movie examines that particular moment in one’s early 30s where indulgences in adolescent hijinks may no longer be working in one’s best interests.

Cousins Esteban and Pipa who grew up together in the small rural town of Villegas in Northern Argentina, but adult life in Buenos Aires finds them drifting apart. They are brought back together, however, when their grandfather suddenly dies, prompting the pair to take a road trip back home. Their journey illuminates a fork in the road for the changing men: Esteban is maturing into a mellower, more responsible lifestyle, while the folksy Pipa is increasingly bewildered by his inability to gain traction with his own pursuits and hobbies.

In Villegas, as with many journeys of the heart, several emotional realities are soon seen in a new light, and inevitable shifts in direction will have to be met head-on. — Jaie Laplante


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Director: Gonzalo Tobal
Producer: Santiago Gallelli, Matías Roveda, Benjamin Domenech, Juan Villegas
Screenwriter: Gonzalo Tobal

Music: Nacho Rodríguez
Cinematographer: Lucas Gaynor
Editor: Delfina Castagnino

Cast: Esteban Lamothe, Esteban Bigliardi, Mauricio Minetti, Paula Carruega, Lucia Cavalloti

Gonzalo Tobal

Gonzalo Tobal was awarded the Cinéfondation Award at Cannes Film Festival 2007 for his short-film "Now Everybody Seems to Be Happy". His first feature-length, Villegas, premiered as part of the Cannes 2012 Official Selection and it had its US premiere at the Festival. Villegas – which eventually aired on HBO Latin America – was awarded the Critic’s Award for Best Film at BAFICI and was nominated for Best First Film at Premios Sur (Argentine Film Academy) and Premios Cóndor de Plata (Argentine Critic’s Association).

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