In her dazzling and enormously pleasurable new opus, Laura Citarella takes the viewer on a limitless, mercurial journey through stories nested within stories set in and around the Argentinean city of Trenque Lauquen (“Round Lake”) and centered on the strange disappearance of a local academic named Laura. Through initial inquiries by two colleagues – older boyfriend Rafael and a driver named Ezequiel with whom she had grown secretly close – we learn about her recent discoveries, including a new, unclassified species of flower and a series of old love letters hidden at the local library, which may help them track her down. Yet as flashbacks and anecdotes pile up, we begin to realize that this intricately structured tale is larger and stranger than we could have imagined. Citarella, a producer of the equally remarkable shape-shifting epic La Flor, has confidently crafted a series of interlocked romantic, biological, and ecological mysteries that create parallels between past lives and present dangers, invoke the rapture of obsessive pursuit, and salute the human need to find personal freedom and happiness. Trenque Lauquen is told in 12 chapters spread across two feature films.
Trenque Lauquen – Part I
No physical screenings scheduled.
- Direction: Laura Citarella
- Script: Laura Paredes, Ezequiel Pierri, Rafael Spregelburd, Cecilia Rainero
- Cinematography: Agustin Mendilaharzu, Inés Duacastella, Yarará Rodríguez
- Editing: Miguel de Zuviría, Alejo Moguillansky
- Sound: Marcos Canosa
- Music: Gabriel Chwojnik
- Actors: Laura Paredes, Ezequiel Pierri
- Production: El Pampero Cine
- Producers: Ingrid Pokropek, Ezequiel Pierri
- Co-production: Grandfilm
- Costumes: Flora Caligiuri
- Production Design: Laura Caligiuri
- Format: DCP
- Color: Color
- Production Country: Argentina, Germany
- Production Year: 2022
- Duration: 128΄
- Contact: Luxbox
Born in La Plata (Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina) in 1981, Citarella graduated as a film director from the Universidad del Cine. Since 2005, she has been part of El Pampero Cine Production Company, along with Mariano Llinás, Alejo Moguillansky, and Agustín Mendilaharzu. She directed films like Ostende (2011), La Mujer de los Perros (2015) and Las Poetas visitan a Juana Bignozzi (2019). Trenque Lauquen is her forth film. Citarella has also made a name for herself as one of the biggest independent movie producers in Argentina. Her production work includes, among others, Mariano Llinás’s Extraordinary Stories and La Flor, and Alejo Moguillansky’s Castro, The Parrot and the Swan, The Goldbug, and For the Money.
2015 La Mujer de los Perros | Dog Lady
2022 Trenque Lauquen