Latino Film Festival: Ocio / Idleness (2011, Argentina)
Wednesday @ 7:00pm
Ocio / Idleness (2011, Argentina)
In Spanish with English subtitles
Director: Juan Villegas and Alejandro Lingenti
Screenplay: Alejandro Lingenti
Cinematographer: Agustín Mendilaharzu / Santiago Esteves
Distributor: Tresmilmundos Cine, Buenos Aires
Synopsis: Based on a novel by Fabián Casas, Ocio charts the small, personal epic of 24-year-old Andrés, who is in the clutches of an existential crisis. After the death of his mother, Andrés enters a grey zone of uncertainty. He does not work or study and is almost incapable of communicating with his father and brother. The past that he longs for is his only means of escape. The company of his own habits, the hours lost (or won) with his best friend Roli, music, marijuana and painful memories define his days. Music, an intimate part of Andrés’ life, reflects the atmosphere of desolation and small hope. Swaying between anguish and boredom, he attempts to somehow get on his feet and decides to embark on an illegal business venture of improbable success. (70 minutes)
Co-director, Juan Villegas, was born in Buenos Aires in 1971. Ocio is the third feature film he has directed. Sábado premiered in Venice in 2001 and Los Suicidas at San Sebastián in 2005. Villegas also directed the short films Rutas y Veredas (2005), Una Tarde felíz (2002) and 2 en 1 Auto (1998). He is also a screenwriter, who produced the script for Una Semana solos (2008), which featured Celina Murgas.
Co-director, Alejandro Lingenti, is also a native of Buenos Aries. He studied communication sciences and journalism and has worked as a show business journalist in several media, specializing in film, popular music and sports. Lingenti worked for the sports newspaper Olé, the radio station “Rock and Pop” and the web portal Terra. He was head of the Culture and Arts section at the Telam news agency from 1993 to 1997, and regular contributes to arts periodicals. Ocio represents his film directorial debut.
Mariana de la Fuente
Mariana de la Fuente is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She moved to the U.S. in 1988 and has been working as a language and cultural educator and a human resources trainer in the private and public sector since then. She is currently the Language and Cultural Training Coordinator for the City of Phoenix. In addition, she has been teaching “Latin-American Culture Appreciation through Film” at Phoenix College since 2006. Mariana obtained a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix and obtained her master’s in education from Northern Arizona University. She is currently seeking a Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations from the University of the Pacific in California.