Kékszakállú

  • 72'
  • Argentina
  • 2016

Gaston Solnicki’s third long production and his first fiction film is elliptic, tragicomic and loving. It was somewhat teasingly entitled 'Kékszakállú'. Hard to spell, yet recognisable. And it immediately elicits the question: What does it mean? It refers to the Hungarian title of Béla Bartók’s opera Bluebeard’s Castle, which provided emotional inspiration.
The film elegantly portrays the spiritual lethargy of privileged Argentinian teens. They spend their spare time in the upmarket seaside town of Punta del Este in Uruguay. The film gradually focuses on a teenager (played fabulously by Laila Maltz) who seems to have truly lost her way to an independent, adult life. The drama simmering beneath reveals that what have become firm memories and solid identities were once options and choices – or at least seemed so.

Director
Gastón Solnicki
Country of production
Argentina
Production Year
2016
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
72'
Medium
DCP
Language
Spanish
Producers
Iván Eibuszyc, Gastón Solnicki
Production Companies
Frutacine, Filmy Wiktora
Sales
Frutacine
Cinematography
Diego Poleri, Fernando Lockett
Editor
Alan Segal , Francisco D'Eufemia
Sound Design
Jason Candler
Cast
Laila Maltz, Katia Szechtman, Lara Tarlowski, Natali Maltz, Maria Soldi, Pedro Trocca, Denise Groesman