(LA VIDA ÚTIL)
2010, Federico Veiroj, Uruguay, 70 min.
With Jorge Jellinek, Paola Venditto
An affectionate but not overly sentimental valentine to old movies, the places that show them, and the people who watch them, A USEFUL LIFE (Uruguay’s official Oscar entry) has been captivating critics and film festival audiences in recent months. For 25 years, film programmer Jorge (excellently played by film critic Jellinek) has worked for the Cinemateca Uruguaya, but dwindling audiences, deteriorating equipment, and funding cut-backs might spell the end of the reel for the venerable film museum.
Rather than wallowing in elegiac nostalgia, the film takes a sharp turn toward the present and possibility, as the awkward Jorge struggles to become a Fred Astaire in pursuit of his Ginger. A USEFUL LIFE is co-presented by the Global Film Initiative and is part of the Global Lens 2011 film series. For more information, visit www.globalfilm.org. In Spanish with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)