Los Rubios = The Blonds

| April 5, 2011

Title: Los rubios [videorecording]
Director: Albertina Carri
Production: SBP, New York : Women Make Movies 2003
Check It OutHV6322.A7 R83 2003

From the Publisher: Albertina Carri’s second feature is a look at Argentina’s recent history from the perspective of a generation forced to mourn those of whom they have no recollection. Carri, who lost her parents to Argentina’s brutal military junta when she was three years old, travels through Buenos Aires with her crew to unravel the factual and emotional mysteries of her parents’ life, disappearance and death. Traces of Carri’s family emerge, colored by sharply conflicting perspectives. Who were the Carris? How did they disappear? Were they blonde, brunette, parents, heroes or merely a fiction of those who remember them?

Crossing the line between documentary and fiction filmmaking, Carri enlists an actor, her parents’ former comrades, fading photographs and happy Playmobil dolls to investigate her parents’ untimely end. In the end, merging fact, rumor and imagination, Carri succeeds in reconstructing both her parent’s history and her own construction of them. Emotionally fraught and intellectually provocative, THE BLONDS has resonance far beyond the tragic history of Argentina’s dirty war.

About the Director:  Albertina Carri was born in 1973 and presently works in Buenos Aires. In 1991 and 1992, she studied screenwriting, cinematography and direction at the Fundacion Universidad del Cine. In 2000, with the support of the National Film Institute and the Hubert Bals Fund, she wrote and directed her first dramatic feature film, I Won’t Go Back Home , about the intersecting lives of two Buenos Aires families brought together by a murder, which was selected for the Buenos Aires, Vienna, London and Rotterdam festivals, among others.

Carri received the Antorchas Foundation’s creation grant, which she used to investigate animation techniques, resulting in Barbie Can Also Be Sad , a polysexual pornographic soap opera starring Barbie and Ken that has screened at festivals around the world. Her second feature, The Blonds was completed with the support of The National Arts Fund. Carri is currently at work on her next dramatic feature, Gemini, which has received the Fonds Sud grant and begins production in 2004.

On the Web:

New York Times

Variety

¿ De Quién Son Estas Memorias?: Los Rubios, Memory, and History