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Rafael Film Club

This series features five films from the early 2000’s, a period of internationally celebrated work from Argentina.  All five screenings will be followed by discussions with special guests and a private reception with complimentary food and drink. 

July 25El hijo de la novia (Son of the Bride)
At age 42, Rafael Belvedere (Ricardo Darin) is having a midlife crisis. His restaurant business is suffering due to the collapse of the local economy, he’s estranged from his young daughter and his mother is living with Alzheimer’s.  After a health scare reunites him with a childhood friend, Rafael begins to reconstruct his past and look at the present in new ways.

August 1: Leonora (Lion's Den)
An exquisitely nuanced portrait of motherhood behind bars, Lion’s Den unfolds as Julia (Martina Gusman) is sent to the penitentiary for the murder of her boyfriend, where she gives birth to a son. Despite the obvious difficulties she faces, Julia quickly realizes that the only thing that matters is raising and protecting her child.  

August 8: Cama Adentro (Live-In Maid)
A vivid chamber piece anchored by impeccable performances from Norma Aleandro and Norma Argentina, this comedy centers on the tenuous friendship between a woman and her maid. Their complicated relationship serves as a mirror to Argentina’s economic crisis of 2001 and a society in the midst of wrenching change. 

August 15: El hombre el lado (The Man Next Door)
An upper-middle class architect’s perfect existence is disturbed when a neighbor begins to build a new window, ruining the view of his beautiful Le Corbusier-designed house and invading his family’s privacy. A hilarious and poignant exploration of class, vanity and the nature of friendship.

August 22: Nueva reinas (Nine Queens)
a taut and twisty crime drama about two con artists on a major job involving an elusive set of rare stamps, the Nine Queens. Slick, devious and paced to make your heart race, this elegantly sly story of deceit and betrayal will keep you guessing until the very end. 

San Rafael, CA: July 25 - August 22. Full details here.

Earlier Event: July 22
Isla Bonita