BOMBON EL PERRO | Dir. Carlos Sorin | 2004 | 97 min | 14A
Patagonia is a rough land, and for 52-year-old Juan Villegas, it's even rougher. A mechanic who's just lost his job, Juan tries to make ends meet by selling hand-made knives. One day, after repairing a young woman's car, he is given a most unusual gift: a beautiful Dogo Argentino, a game hound of noble pedigree called 'Bombón'. After initially eyeing each other carefully, Juan welcomes Bombón into his life and with their budding friendship things start taking a remarkable turn for the better.
Between November and December Calgary Cinematheque presents a four-film series from a diverse set of Argentine directors, all released in the 21st Century as Argentina was emerging from their economic crisis. The four films, JAUJA (Lisandro Alonso), THE HEADLESS WOMAN (Lucrecia Martel), BOMBON (Carlos Sorin) and VIOLA (Matías Piñeiro), are by directors associated with different regions of Argentina because of their film settings. In addition, these directors themes and styles range from a vérité style to a cinema inspired by theatre and literature.