U.S. Trailer for Acclaimed Drama ‘Kékszakállú’ Depicts Life in Argentina

Written by on July 17, 2017 


One of the most acclaimed films of the last year (since its debut at the Venice Film Festival), Kékszakállú will be getting a U.S. theatrical release this week, and now we have a new trailer to go along with it. Coming from Cinema Slate and Cinema Tropical, Gastón Solnicki’s debut feature, inspired by Béla Bartók’s opera, follows a handful of women in Argentina at the threshold of adulthood. This new trailer, which features just five shots and a few quotes, is a gorgeous one and teases just enough to hook one into making this a priority.

“In a year somewhat short on groundbreakers from experimental cinema, Solnicki’s operatic, radically loose portrait of teens trapped in limbo stood out,” our own Zhuo-Ning Su said, naming it one of his favorite films of 2016. “The scenes, if they can be called that, are minutely styled and observed, wholly self-centered snippets of life unrelated to one another. The way they deny any attempts at reconstructing a narrative confounds and grates but somehow also mesmerizes and feels tremendously, inexplicably liberating. Composed with spellbinding exactitude, it’s best to just give oneself over to these 72 very strange minutes – and be amazed by how even the cooking of an octopus can look so damn meaningful.”

Check out the trailer below courtesy of Indiewire.

A portrait of several young women at the threshold of adulthood, feeling their way through various crises born of the insular comforts of class privilege. Obliquely inspired by Bela Bartok’s sole opera, Bluebeard’s Castle is radically transposed within the alternating milieux of work and repose in Buenos Aires and Punta del Este.


Kékszakállú opens on July 21 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

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