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10 Movies to Watch Before You Study Abroad in Buenos Aires

Feb 11, 2014 9:10:04 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Studying abroad in Buenos Aires? One of our favorite ways to drum up our excitement about a new location is through movies! Enjoy a rainy evening at home with one of our 10 movie recommendations below.

1. THE OFFICIAL STORY. A haunting film, and a tear-jerker, "The Official Story" follows the lives of a couple and their adopted child, giving human faces to the hoards of people who were disappeared during Argentina's military dictatorship. In particular, it's a story of abuses in adoption practices and the children forced away from their "undesirable" birth parents to live with the country's wealthier families - a look beyond the history books. It won many awards including an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film.

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2. EVITA. This is the film adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice Broadway musical that tells the story of the most famous Argentine woman in history, Eva "Evita" Duarte de Peron. From her rural, poverty-stricken upbringing, Evita eventually becomes Argentina's most controversial First Lady as wife to President Juan Perón. It's a film full of love and politics and an insightful look into the story of a woman who left such an impact on her country and the world in her short life of just 33 years. Among other awards, the film won a Golden Globe for "Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical."

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3. THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES. Based on the journals of Cuban Revolution leader Ernesto Che Guevara, "The Motorcycle Diaries" takes us on an riveting adventure across South America, starting in Buenos Aires. About to finish his medical studies, he plans to complete his final residency at a leper colony in Peru, so he grabs a friend and a motorcycle and makes his way there on a memorable journey with plenty of challenges and controversy along the way. Among other awards, "The Motorcycle Diaries" won a BAFTA Film Award for "Best Film not in the English Language."

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4. NINE QUEENS. The title of this comedic thriller comes from an important element in the film - a sheet of valuable stamps forged by a pair of petty criminals. The film follows their adventures as they navigate the city's complicated underworld trying to sell these stamps to a collector and attempt to outsmart anyone standing in their way. You may be familiar with the plot from the movie "Criminal" in which the story was remade for American audiences. The original by Fabián Bielinsky’s remains the best though! Among other awards, Nine Queens won a Silver Condor Award at the Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards in seven different categories.

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5. THE NIGHT OF THE PENCILS. A group of students aged between 16 and 17 years old were kidnapped in September 1976 during Argentina's "Dirty War". The students were tortured, raped and "disappeared" by the military - just a handful of tens of thousands. The night was named "La Noche de los Lapices", which is the title of this film that tells their story. It's based on the testimony of Pablo Diaz, one of the students who survived and is a look into an important piece of the history of Argentina.

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6. EL SECRETO DE SUS OJOS. A court employee in Buenos Aires takes an intense interest in the case of a young girl's rape and murder - a case that wasn't completely solved when it took place 25 years previously. Her story takes over his life. On top of that, a powerful relationship develops between him and the investigating judge of the case. It combines elements of thriller, action, mystery and love with excellent cinematography. Among many other awards, "The Secret in Their Eyes" was given an Oscar for "Best Foreign Language Film of the Year".

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7. SON OF THE BRIDE. The owner of a cafe, which was passed to him from his father, struggles with the balance between work and relationships and fails to prioritize those who are closest to him. He spends his time trying to keep the business afloat. Various events cause him to re-evaluate. The title of the film, "El hijo de la novia" refers to him as his parents want to renew their wedding vows after 40 years of marriage. It's a sentimental film about tragedy, the ability of humans to change and the possibility of happy endings. The film was nominated for an Oscar and won many other awards including a Silver Condor Award at the Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards in eight different categories.

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8. THE TAKE. A political documentary-drama, "The Take" is actually Canadian-made, but it deals with the factory workers in suburban Buenos Aires who faced loss of work during a financial collapse. They banded together to re-start production on their own terms in different types of factories until the government came together and tried to shut them back down. The film has raw footage of some of the connected violence - the protests and the looting that happened when workers grew desperate. It won a Documentary Award at AFI Fest.

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9. MADE IN ARGENTINA. For political reasons, the main couple in Made in Argentina leave their home country to make a new start in New York City where they have to adapt to the many differences. Later, they wish to return to Buenos Aires. It's a story of longing and loss that come with displacement and yearning for a life they left behind. "Made in Argentina" won awards at four different film festivals when it was released in the late 1980s.

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10. TANGO. A Buenos Aires-based film director, Mario Suarez, has a mission to create the ultimate tango film, interweaving pieces of Argentina's history. He risks losing the support of his backers when he plans to develop a scene which will recreate what are referred to as the country's "dark years", a period of political suppression during which many people were "disappeared". To complicate matters, his wife, one of the stars of his film, has left him. Then, he falls in love with one of the dancers who is married to one his investors. The film was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe and won many other awards including an American Choreography Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Feature Film."

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Topics: Buenos Aires, Argentina