April 4-14, 2019

Synopsis

54-year-old Teresa has worked for decades as a live-in maid with a family in Buenos Aires, and feels justifiably thrown for a loop when her services are suddenly no longer needed. When the family sells the house, she is forced to take a job in the distant town of San Juan. Uncertain about her prospects in a new environment and unaccustomed to traveling, she reluctantly boards a bus and embarks on a journey through the desert. During her first stop, among the tents and curios of an outdoor bazaar near the site of the miraculous “Saint Correa”, a sudden windstorm kicks up and the entire village shutters for the night. In the tumult, Teresa accidentally leaves behind her bag and all of her belongings.

This unexpected incident leads her to cross paths with El Gringo, a charismatic yet mysterious traveling salesman, who might be the only person who can help Teresa track down her bag. Lost in every sense of the word, El Gringo offers to help her find what she is missing, and possibly more, in this enchanting and romantic first feature from Argentine directing duo Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato. The film has garnered considerable accolades and praise following screenings at prestigious festivals including San Sebastian, Palm Springs, and Cannes, where it premiered last spring.

–Christopher Holmes

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