Oscar-nominated Argentine film gets 40th-anniversary tribute event

Now’s your chance to see María Luisa Bemberg’s classic melodrama "Camila," with an introduction from the movie’s original cast

Maria Luisa Bemberg’s period melodrama Camila made history in 1984, selling 2.5 million tickets and earning an Oscar nomination for Best International Feature Film. Now, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of this landmark work of Argentine cinema, the Cultural Ministry of Buenos Aires will hold a special event featuring the original cast and a screening at the Lugones Film Theater of the San Martin Theater Complex in Buenos Aires on Tuesday.

Camila is based on the tragic true story of Camila O’Gorman, who had an affair with a Jesuit priest during the nineteenth century. Set against the backdrop of Juan Manuel de Rosas’s polarizing government, the film tells the story of a woman from a conservative background and her lover, Ladislao Gutérrez, who defied social mores and caused a national scandal in the process. 

The tribute event will kick off at 6.30 p.m. at the Alfredo Alcón Hall of the San Martín Theater (Av. Corrientes 1530) with a public conversation between the movie’s lead actors about Camila’s social impact and its place in Argentine film history. Items from the original production, which are part of the Buenos Aires Film Museum’s collection, will also be on display.

After the conversation, the film will be screened at the Lugones Theater on the 10th floor at 8 p.m. Tickets for the screening will be distributed for free on a first-come, first-served basis at the theater box office on Tuesday, beginning at 6 p.m.

María Luisa Bemberg’s films at CCK

One of the most renowned Argentine filmmakers and scriptwriters, Bemberg directed six feature-length films and two shorts before passing away in 1995 at 73. A fervent and lucid feminist who proved too modern for her contemporaries (she founded the Argentine Feminist Union back in 1970), she regularly showcased powerful women before the notion even existed in popular Argentine culture, often providing a revisionist perspective on the nation’s history. 

The Kirchner Cultural Center is running a special program devoted to María Luisa Bemberg’s filmography that ends on Saturday, June 1, and includes a documentary about her work by filmmaker Alejandro Maci (her former assistant director) and a live conversation between film historians, friends, and colleagues. 

The program ends next weekend with the following screenings at the María Luisa Bemberg Theater & Sala A on the 6th floor of the CCK (Sarmiento 151):

De eso no se habla / May 31 – 6 p.m.

Miss Mary / May 31 – 8 p.m.

María Luisa Bemberg: El eco de mi voz + conversation with Alejandro Maci /

June 1 — 6 p.m.

El mundo de la mujer & Juguetes (short films) + conversation with María del Carmen Vieites Mato, Annamaría Muchnik and Marcela Visconti / June 1 — 8 p.m.

*Screenings do not require ticket purchases, admission will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

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