(The Lost Embrace)
Argentina 2004 100'
Director: Daniel Burman
Script: Daniel Burman, Marcelo Birmajer
Camera: Ramino Civita
Sound: Martin Grinaschi
Art Direction: Maria Eugenia Suerio
Costumes: Roberta Pesci
Editing: Alejandro Brodersohn
Music: César Lerner
With: Daniel Hendler, Adriana Aizenberg, Jorge d'Elia, Sergio Boris, Diego Korol, Silvina Bosco, Isaac Fajn, Melina Petriella, Rosita Londner, Juan José Flores Quispe
This is Ariel's world: the small, slightly seedy shopping center in downtown Buenos Aires, where the Italian shopkeepers scream all day, the Koreans sell feng-shui and old Osvaldo sells nothing. Where Ariel's mother runs a lingerie shop and his brother deals in import-export. It's a comfortable little world, in spite of an undercurrent of malaise and uncertainty. Many young people are looking their immigrant roots to obtain a coveted foreign passport, the key to a world full of promise. Ariel, however, wants more than a passport from Poland, where his grandparents fled to escape the Holocaust. He wants to understand. Why his father left his family shortly after his birth to fight a war in Israel. Why he never returned. And why this seems to leave his mother and brother indifferent... But the truth changes. And when Ariel's father returns, he brings with him new truths, a new story and, ultimately, a long-overdue embrace - one that had been lost for so long.