A comprehensive retrospective of the work of filmmaker José Celestino Campusano: the ultimate insider portraying the conflicts and contradictions of the working class in Argentina today.
Films in ‘José Campusano’
El azoteJosé Celestino Campusano IFFR 2018 88′
The determination and dedication of a former musician who is now a social assistant in Bariloche – one of the best-known tourist resorts in Patagonia – is not enough to avoid the misfortunes experienced by local youths. This film reveals, without concessions, the picture never presented in the postcards of this town.
El sacrificio de Nehuén PuyelliJosé Celestino Campusano IFFR 2018 87′
Unjustly accused and imprisoned for murder, a Mapuche medicine man is sent to a penitentiary in the tourist resort of Bariloche. During his imprisonment, he establishes a bond of trust with another inmate who is close to being released. Using these two motifs, Campusano sets in motion a tale about power, racism and class struggle.
El arrullo de la arañaJosé Celestino Campusano IFFR 2018 78′
Simón, the owner of a hardware store, humiliates and constantly controls his four employees. Through this universally recognisable situation, Campusano paints a portrait of microscopic power exerted in the realm of labour without forgetting about other forms of abuse directly related to history.
FangoJosé Celestino Campusano IFFR 2018 107′
Two friends decide to form a 'tango-trash' band. The woman of one of these friends is kidnapped by the leader of a female gang, bringing consequences in its aftermath. This all happens in the precarious urban regions surrounding the European-like city of Buenos Aires; in these areas everything resembles the universe of Western films.