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Joel
Original title:
Joel
Slovenian title:
Joel
Section:
PANORAMA
Country, year:
Argentina, 2018
Length:
109
Directed by:
Carlos Sorin
Screenplay:
Carlos Sorín
Cinematography:
Iván Gierasinchuk
Music:
Nicolás Sorin
Subtitles:
English, slovenian
Language:
Spanish
Voting code:
G
Cast:
Joel Noguera (Joel), Victoria Almeida (Cecilia), Diego Gentile (Diego), Ana Katz (Marta), Emilce Festa (Nancy), Gustavo Daniele (Ferreyra)
Awards:
Rotterdam 2018, Havana 2018 (Best Screenplay)

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Description:
A heart-rending and complex drama about overcoming prejudices within the contexts of a family and broader community.
So there he is at the table, their brand-new adopted child. Suspicious look, messy hair. Joel is nine - older than Cecilia and Diego had expected. He doesn't say much more than 'yes' and 'no'. Building a new family life apparently involves a lot of trial and error. A bigger problem is that Joel does talk at school, where he boasts about leading a gangster lifestyle and taking cocaine. The other parents protest about the bad influence he is having on their children.

"The park that my three-year-old grandson used to play in was also visited by a boy whose mother was HIV-positive. The parents of the children playing in the park feared that the boy would infect their children. I found their fear unfounded, but at the same time a thought occurred to me: 'What if he bites my grandson?' I had to place this dual morality in the centre of my film." (Carlos Sorín)