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NATIVE SON  | © Viennale

HISTORIOGRAPHY – ARGENTINE FILM NOIR

The Shadows of the Southern Port

APENAS UN DELINCUENTE | © Viennale
APENAS UN DELINCUENTE | © Viennale
NATIVE SON | © Viennale
NATIVE SON | © Viennale

Sinister figures, crime and violence are omnipresent on the gloomy streets of Buenos Aires in the mid-20th century. The films presented in this special program were shot in Argentina during Peronism (1949–1956) and tell of a time of conflict. Crime and superstition meet in works that exemplify the tradition of film noir, but are little known outside their geographical area.

This series includes movies by Fernando Ayala, Hugo Fregonese, Carlos Hugo Christensen, Román Viñoly Barreto and Pierre Chenal, some of the most important filmmakers of the time. Thanks to the renowned film historian Fernando Martín Peña, a tireless researcher in Latin American archives, and institutions such as the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., these films have been rescued and restored.

A unique opportunity!

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