In Focus: Jorge Acha


Jorge Acha
Argentinien 1989

STANDARD bezieht sich auf ein Projekt der Hybris des rechten Politikers López Rega: Er plante 1975, eine Art Mausoleum des Vaterlandes zu bauen, das alle mythischen Figuren der argentinischen Geschichte beherbergen sollte: von San Martín über Perón bis zu den Brüsten der Schauspielerin Libertad Leblanc. Jorge Acha macht aus dieser Vorgabe ein Reich der Zeichen: Stakkatoklänge, Architekturmodelle, christliche Symbole, Statuen und rituelle Bewegungsabläufe organisieren sich zu einem kinematografischen Karneval des Wahnsinns. „In Achas Film“, heißt es in einem Text, „wird die Zweitklassigkeit Argentiniens enthüllt und in all ihrem verlogenem Pomp vorgeführt.“ (Thomas Mießgang)


After Juan Perón’s death in 1974, José López Rega, the sinister Minister of Social Well-Being planned a mausoleum that would be named Altar de la Patria [Homeland Altar], where all the transcendental and popular signs built in the collective imagination of the nation would be celebrated offering a haggard metaphysics in which the essence of what it is Argentinean would shine forever.
Acha deconstructs this wish by contrasting the strength of the workers’ eagerness in tension to a reactionary codification of it. The workers are sometimes seen as ants destined to anonymously build the greatness of this nation. But they also get distracted and therefore forget their architectonical mission. Indeed, workers prefer to play cards, to fight among each other, or to jerk off. The intuition of the filmmaker lies on suspecting that Argentina is an impossible country and its presumed greatness always ends in debris, or in an organic nation with no mercy for dissent. As usual, Acha’s formal intelligence has to do with using meager material resources and building powerful shots with them. The fades, the sound design, the abandoned location that was chosen, and a diva of Argentinean cinema (Libertad Leblanc) who parades around in front of the camera all the time are enough to stage this tragic and farce-like allegory. (Roger Koza)

  • Jorge Díez
  • Amir Benroa
  • Luis Nieto
  • Libertad Leblanc
  • Miguel Oliveira
  • Daniel García
  • Juan Villola
  • Jorge Acha
  • José Luis Celeiro
  • Jorge Acha
  • Guillermo Silveira
El Jaguar, Cooperativa de Trabajo Cinematográfico Arena, Cantorrodado Cooperativa Demolición
Asociación Civil Jorge Luis Acha
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