VIDA ÚTIL

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LA VIDA ÚTIL

Useful Life, A

Federico Veiroj
Uruguay, 2010
Fiction, 67min, OmeU

LA VIDA ÚTIL

Federico Veiroj
Uruguay, 2010
Fiction, 67min, OmeU

Cast: 
Jorge Jellinek
Jorge
Manuel Martínez Carril
Martínez
Paola Venditto
Paola
Screenplay: 
Inés Bortagary
Arauco Hernez
Gonzalo Delgado
Federico Veiroj
Sound: 
Raúl Locatelli
Daniel Yafalián
Camera: 
Arauco Hernez
Editor: 
Arauco Hernez
Federico Veiroj
Composer: 
Leo Masliah
Macunaima
Eduardo Fabini
Decoration: 
Emilia Carlevaro

Production: 
Cinekdoque Mediapro, Versátil Cinema
World Sales: 
FiGa Films
Format: 
35 mm
Black/White

Jorge has been the film programmer and technical support at the cinémathèque for 25 years. He also has a news show at a Montevideo radio station where he conducts interviews and talks to filmmakers. Jorge’s life is consumed by movies. Because attendance is down, the cinémathèque struggles to make profit and shuts down, leaving Jorge unemployed. With no other skills, for the first time he is forced to change his way of life in order to adapt to the new world he faces.
In Spanish, “La vida útil” means the estimated duration that an object is capable of functioning correctly. The “reborn” or the adaptation of that character to his new world is what interested me in developing the film. The main character, drowned in movies, will find the reply to his life in a cinematographic way. I like to think about Jorge as a Don Quixote, whose background allows him to start living his own adventures; and I think that’s the only way he has to survive. (Federico Veiroj)