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August 25–31, 2017

Chicago Premiere


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Film still: Kekszakallu Film still: Kekszakallu
Venice Film Fest
"Kékszakállú works best as pure cinema, mostly divorced from narrative... [Filmmaker Gastón Solnicki] has a remarkable eye and boundless curiosity"
  —AV Club
"Like Shohei Imamura, Argentinian writer-director Gastón Solnicki can be understood as a cinematic 'entomologist,' burrowing into the soil for new specimen to better grasp the income inequality stoked by the suburban development of Buenos Aires"
  —Slant Magazine

The title of Gastón Solnicki's mesmerizing Kékszakállú comes from the Hungarian name of Béla Bartók's opera Bluebeard's Castle. Bartók's opera provides the unlikely inspiration for this exploratory narrative about the lives of a group of Argentine girls who are grappling with the complexities of the transition. These young girls come from Argentina's vanishing upper class, and while their lives offer them a number of advantages, their malaise is largely a product of their insular, entitled upbringings. Each girl finds life outside of the world of privilege to be unexpectedly challenging, as they undergo various travails: at work, where they become acquainted with menial factory labor; at home, where they try to get accustomed to life without the comforts of family; and at school, where the pressure to choose a career path can prove paralyzing.

Implicit in Solnicki's immaculately composed images of bodies and architecture is a commentary on how class both confines and offers advantages to these young women. The indelible images and compositions of Kékszakállú use time and place to highlight the isolation of its characters while we patiently observe their tentative steps into a complicated new phase of life. Kékszakállú begins with a series of scenes that, though at first seemingly mundane, are nevertheless riddled with alluring mystery in this bold new approach to the coming-of-age film.

Directed by Gastón Solnicki, Argentina, 2016, 72 mins. In Spanish with English subtitles.


  • Fri., Aug. 25 at 6:30 & 8 pm
  • Sat., Aug. 26 at 3:15, 4:45, 6:15 & 7:45 pm
  • Sun., Aug. 27 at 2:30, 4, & 5:30 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Aug. 28–31 at 6:30 & 8 pm
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