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Medianeras | Gustavo Taretto, 2011
Argentina/Germany/Spain | Spanish with English subtitles | 96 minutes
Opening Night | New York Premiere
How does architecture condition the lives of people living in the city? Mariana and Martin are two lonely souls who have a lot in common and live on the same block, but somehow never meet. With this clever romantic comedy, Taretto pays homage to the city of Buenos Aires as he reflects on how urban chaos, as well as new technologies, can unite people but also keep them apart (as the sidewalls of the title). Mixing animation, photography and graphic art he reveals the characters’ isolation and anxieties that are a staple of modern life in a noisy city that nonetheless has an irresistible charm.