White Elephant

White Elephant  {Elefante Blanco}
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White Elephant
Elefante Blanco
Argentina, 2012, 110 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Spain, France
Topics: Latino, Political, Religion
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Spanish English Sub-Titles

Can a Catholic priest really make a difference in the lives of the poor and destitute who make up his congregation in a Buenos Aires shanty town? Come to that, should he, if it means getting his hands dirty in ways that the Church would surely frown on?

These are the urgent moral questions that confront Father Nicolas (Jérémie Renier – from the Dardennes’ The Child and The Kid with a Bike) when he joins Father Julian (Ricardo Darin, The Secret in Their Eyes, Nine Queens) after a violent, faith-shaking experience in a jungle mission. Working closely with the more experienced and politically astute Julian in his bid to get a long-promised housing development back on track (the eponymous white elephant), Nicolas is exposed to the drug economy, gang wars, and to pretty social worker Luciana (director Trapero’s wife and muse, Martina Gusman).

This social and spiritual melodrama carries extra heft because of its palpable authenticity. Everything – even the abandoned, never finished hospital where the priests take up residence – is real, and no doubt that goes for the endemic corruption and exploitation depicted on screen too.

DIRECTOR: Pablo Trapero
Producer: Juan Gordon, Pablo Trapero, Juan Pablo Galli, Juan Vera, Alejandro Cacetta
Editor: Nacho Ruiz Capillas, Pablo Trapero, Santiago Esteves
Screenwriter: Pablo Trapero, Alejandro Fadel, Martín Mauregui, Santiago Mitre
Cinematographer: Guillermo Nieto
Music: Michael Nyman
Principal Cast: Ricardo Darin, Jérémie Renier, Martina Gusman
Filmography: Carancho (2012), Lion’s Den (2008), Rolling Family (2004), Crane World (1999)
Print Source: Strand Releasing - www.strandreleasing.com

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