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THE FINGER (El Dedo)

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THE FINGER (El Dedo)

Director: Sergio Teubal
Argentina   |   2011   |   93 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Synopsis After seven years of dictatorship, a remote village in Argentina formally becomes a town with the birth of its 501st inhabitant. Hidalgo, a slick and ingratiating scion, is eager for the new post of mayor. Smelling a rat, Baldomero (a beloved natural leader with a habitually tapping digit) opposes him with his own candidacy—and soon turns up dead.  His shopkeeper brother vows revenge, keeping Baldomero’s severed finger in a jar, initially as a remembrance, but eventually as an absurd icon of leadership that spurs the town to defy crooked elections, interloping powers and Hidalgo to go its own way. Based on real events, this charming dramatic comedy pokes fun at small town ways while celebrating true democratic values.


About the Director Sergio Teubal was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1969. He began his artistic career as a theater actor, performing in stage productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and Macbeth; he later received a scholarship to study at the Advanced Residential Theatre and Television Skill Centre in York, England. His short film, To Daddy, was awarded the Best Short Film Jury Prize at San Francisco’s International Latino Film Festival in 2007 and first prize of Argentina’s National Art Fund in 2008. The Finger is his first feature film.


Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request.


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Featured in the Global Lens 2012 film series.



CAST

Florencio - Fabian Vena
Don Hildago - Gabriel Goity
Baldomero - Martín Seefeld
Franca - Mariana Briski
Rosario - Mara Santucho


CREW

Director - Sergio Teubal
Writer - Carina Catelli
Executive Producers - Mariana Fonseca, Sebastian Aloi, Santiago Bontá
Producers - Andrés Korn, Iván Posse Molina, Fernando Sokolowicz
Cinematography - Cristian Cottet
Editor - Hernan Garbarino
Sound - Fabian Mune, Hermán Thamborindeguy, Leonardo de Loredo
Music - Supercharango

Based on the novel "El Dedo de Baldomero" by Alberto Assardourian
REVIEWS

“A gentle political satire set in a remote pueblo in 1980s Argentina, "The Finger" is both an engaging, often amusing portrait of a community on the cusp of change and an attack on human credulity.” – Variety

"Sergio Teubal's hilarious satire proves its capacity for both belly laughs and observant political barbs." – Wines of Argentina

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

2009
Churubasco Award for Post-Production of Best Fiction Project, GUADALAJARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

2011
Opera Prima, GUADALAJARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
LIMA LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL
Glauber Rocha Award for Best Latin American Film, MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL
WARSAW FILM FESTIVAL
VALLADOLID INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
New Director Competition, SAO PAULO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
MUESTRA INTERNAIONAL DE CINE DE SANTO DOMINGO
ARGENTINA NEW CINEMA
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF VINA DEL MAR
In Competition, 2ND MALATYA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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