Kamchatka (2002)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB

Argentina/Spain/Italy2002.  Alquimia Cinema, Oscar Kramer S.A., Patagonik Film Group, Televisión Española, Vía Digital.  Screenplay by , Marcelo Pineyro.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

The world of political upheaval is seen through the eyes of a child in this moving, thoroughly engaging drama.  and  are excellent as politically outspoken parents of two boys who are trying desperately to keep their family safe as they hide from dictatorship in late-70s Argentina. Ten year-old Harry is protective of his little brother while at the same time completely confused: one day his parents tell him that he will not be going to school the next day, they are moving and he cannot tell his friends, and they must all pick new names for themselves. Director Marcelo Pineyro was the producer of Luis Puenzo’s The Official Story, one of the greatest films ever made and the first major cinematic work to deal with the dictatorship period of Argentina, and here is as equally committed to political revelation as he is to engaging the viewer in dramatic entertainment.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2002

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