EL FAUSTIO CRIOLLO
Argentina, 2011, 87′
EL FAUSTIO CRIOLLO
In Argentina, mid-XIX century, the gauchos Anastasio el Pollo and his friend Don Laguna find themselves sitting on top of the knotty roots of a lone ombú, the largest tree in the world. Along with gin and yerba mate, Anastasio shares with Don Laguna his impressions of the performance of Goethe’s Faust at the old Colón Theater in Buenos Aires on August 24, 1866. In his account, Anastasio shares the images, characters and situations from his own life.
(1925 in Santa Fe, Argentina) is an Argentine film maker and theorist. He is considered by many to be the father of the new Latin American cinema.
After being involved in theater and poetry, he went to Rome to study film-making at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, from 1950 to 1953, and appeared in the 1955 Italian film Gli Sbandati. In 1956 he returned to Santa Fe, to form the Film Institute at the Universidad Nacional del Litoral university. A year later he started filming scenes of poverty and human misery in lower-class Santa Fe. The project, billed as a “survey film”, spanned three years, and filming wrapped up in 1958. Before screening the resulting 33-minute documentary, Tire dié, Birri debuted with a short film called La primera fundación de Buenos Aires, which premiered in the 1959 Cannes Film Festival, earning Birri critical acclaim and paving his way for further projects of similar nature, like Buenos Días, Buenos Aires (1960) and more famously Los inundados (1961), which won the Venice Film Festival award for Best First Film. Colombian Nobel prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, called him father of New Latin American Cinema. He founded Film School of San Antonio de los Banos in Cuba: EICTV (Escuela Cine and TV) sponsored by Fidel Castro. His experimental film ORG, with main part financed by Terence Hill, was screened last year in Berlin in a new digital version. Birri is Argentinian and Italian citizen.