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LA PERRERA

Uruguay / Argentina / Canada / Spain, 2006 (MIFF 2006, International Panorama)

Director: Manuel Nieto Zas

La Perrera was winner of a Tiger Award at this year's Rotterdam International Film Festival.
David is a slacker: a lazy, sex-obsessed pothead. His father, Ruben, despairing of David's apathetic attitude to life, decides to instil a work ethic by giving him a construction project to occupy his time over the summer break.
David finds himself commissioned to build a house near the family holiday home in a sleepy seaside Uruguayan town, but his fondness for sleep, drugs and masturbation tend to relegate any construction activities to the bottom of his β€˜to do' list. After further browbeating from his enraged father - who isn't happy to see that almost no work has taken place - David enlists the help of his similarly drug-addled friend, Rodney, and the house slowly begins to take shape.
With naturalistic performances rounding out its tragi-comic vignettes, La Perrera is a meandering reflection on aimlessness as experienced by the youth of a country buffeted by external and internal forces.

D/S Manuel Nieto Zas P Fernando Epstein L Spanish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2006/109mins

Manuel Nieto Zas was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1972. His films include Nico & Parker (2000, short). La Perrera (2006) is his feature film directing debut.

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