Directed by Juan Martin Hsu
Argentina’s bustling La Salada, an enormous discount market just outside of Buenos Aires, provides the nucleus for Juan Martín Hsu’s understated directorial debut. His ensemble cast is comprised of Korean, Taiwanese and Bolivian immigrants, whose experiences converge and dance parallel to one another with equal parts poignancy and humor.
Mr. Kim is a successful clothing vendor and a real “Koreano-Koreano,” who must grapple with his daughter Yunjin’s growing disinterest in her Korean fiancé. Bruno, a newly arrived, undocumented Bolivian immigrant, strikes up an unlikely friendship with his employer, Mr. Kim.
Huang sells pirated DVDs by day and slips into a routine insomnia at night, characterized by a longing for his native Taiwan and melancholy at home in a Wong Kar-wai film.
Hsu’s myopic view illuminates the painful middle ground that all immigrants inhabit, teetering between borders and across chasms. His vision is rendered most acutely in the literal echo that accompanies Huang’s phone calls home — a hope that pain and desire will be read in between syllables and silences, and perhaps remedy us all.
– Sierra Lee
Expected Guest in Attendance:
Juan Martin Hsu (Director): March 17 screening
Co-Presenter: Taiwanese American.Org
Executive Producer: Ignacio Rey, Gaston Rothschild
Writer: Juan Martín Hsu
Cinematographer: Tebbe Schoningh
Editor: Anita Remon
Sound: Nicolas Torchinsky
Cast: Ignacio Huang, Yunseon Kim, Nicolas Mateo, Chang Sun Kim