Director: Federico Veiroj
"Wholly succeeds as an infectious look at one soldier of cinema losing his battle, but living to fight another day." - indieWIRE
A Useful Life chronicles the demise of a small independent cinema in Montevideo, Uruguay, through the mournful eyes of middle-aged film programmer Jorge. Facing the imminent closure of his beloved cinémathèque, Jorge emerges from his bewildered, hermit-like existence to pursue a romantic vision. Assuming the role of protagonist in the film of his own life - set to lavish musical accompaniment - Jorge undertakes a wholesale transformation staged through his love of the cinema.
A gentle, contemplative second feature from director Federico Veiroj, this wistful, delicate black-and-white offering is a humble ode to art cinema and its true believers.
D/S Federico Veiroj P Mediapro, Versátil Cinema WS FiGa Films L Spanish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2010
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