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Melnitz Movies: A Useful Life & As Follows

A film about the decline in public film exhibition followed by a 13-minute short. Both films directed by Federico Veiroj

Thursday, November 03, 2011
7:30 PM
James Bridges Theater
Melnitz 1409

La vida útil (A Useful Life) (2010)
80 min.

After twenty-five years, Cinemateca Uruguaya’s most devoted employee, Jorge (real-life Uruguayan critic Jorge Jellinek), still finds his inspiration in caring for the films and audiences that grace the seats and screen of his beloved arthouse cinema. But when dwindling attendance and diminishing support force the theater to close its doors, Jorge is sent into a world he knows only through the lens of art—and suddenly forced to discover a new passion that transcends his once-celluloid reality. Stylishly framed in black-and-white with brilliantly understated performances, Federico Veiroj’s sly and loving homage to the soul of cinema is a universally appealing gem and knowing charmer about life after the movies.

Federico Veiroj’s 13-minute short, Bregman, el siguiente (As Follows) is a wry, charming story of a rich Latin American subculture and a boy set on the uncertain, ambiguous cusp of manhood.

Watch the trailer:


A USEFUL LIFE (LA VIDA UTIL) from The Global Film Initiative on Vimeo.

Best Director, Valdivia International Film Festival
Special Mention, Kutxa New Directors, San Sebastian International Film Festival
Coral Grand Prize, Best Film, New Latin American Cinema of La Havana
Special Mention, Warsaw International Film Festival
Special Jury Prize ex-aequo, Istanbul Film Festival

“The sensitivity in this segment is a mark to Veiroj’s keen eye towards material and architectural detail surrounding his film, as well as the humor and pleasingly, gently inert humanity embodied in Martínez Carrilo’s affably schlumpy, rarely emotive and entirely effective performance. Definitely one of the festival’s finest films, which I was count my blessings I was able to see in an actual theater, albeit a multiplex and not a cinematheque” -Daniel Kasman, The Daily Notebook

“What begins as a seemingly dry work directed purely at cinephiles evolves almost invisibly into a droll romantic comedy, and marks a clear step forward for Veiroj.” -Robert Koehler, Variety

Tickets are available at the Melnitz box office the day of the screening one hour before show time and are given out on a first come, first serve basis--one ticket per person

Cost : Free and open to the public

Sponsor(s): Latin American Institute, UCLA Graduate Student Association, the ASUCLA Student Interaction Fund, the Global Film Initiative

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