The Argentinean Lesson
Wojciech Staron
Documentary Feature

Saturday Jul 14, 2012
$12 online or at the door
VENUE
The Old American Can Factory
on the roof and courtyard
Gowanus
232 Third St. at 3rd Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215
F/G to Carroll St. or R to Union

SHOW
8:00 PMDoors Open
8:30 PMLive Music
9:00 PMFilm Begins
11:00 PM-12:30 AMReception in Courtyard
NO REFUNDS. IN THE EVENT OF RAIN, SHOW WILL BE RESCHEDULED. PLEASE VISIT WWW.ROOFTOPFILMS.COM FOR RAIN DETAILS. NO HEELED SHOES WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE ROOF UNLESS THEY ARE WEDGED. NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL IS PERMITTED.

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This Show Presented in Partnership With
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New York Magazine
Vulture

The Argentinean Lesson (Wojciech Staron | Poland | 56 min.)

With lush and intimate photography, Wojciech Staron documents his family’s move from Poland to Argentina. Struggling to adapt in a foreign country, his 8-year-old son Janek finds a friend in Marcia, a grounded 11-year-old Argentinean of Polish descent. With a strength and determination well beyond her years, Marcia must help make ends meet while holding her family together. A coming-of-age story uniquely cross-cultural and universal, Janek and Marica go on adventures throughout the Argentinian countryside together finding work and exploring the beauty of nature around them. Janek’s eagerness and Marcia’s tenacity make them two unforgettable characters in an unconventional love story that sees the innocence of childhood surrounded by the harsh realities of adulthood.

The use of 16mm film lends The Argentinean Lesson an eternal feel, fitting with the intricate and timelessness of the aging cars and machinery of the exotic locale. As a follow up to his 1998 film Siberian Lesson where he followed his now wife as she taught Polish to immigrants in Siberia, Argentinean Lesson has won numerous awards at the Krakow Film Festival in Poland and has screened at the True/False Film Festival in Missouri.

Argentinean Lesson is part of a new era of the docudrama, blending the honesty a documentary provides and the rich texture a fiction film gives through its “vivid, dynamic, emotional and strong” visuals. (Vox Magazine) Offering a reflection on our own childhood and a focus on nature, there’s no better place for viewing The Argentinean Lesson than outdoors.

- Alece Oxendine


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