Malambo, the Good Man

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    Malambo, the Good Man

    Malambo, el hombre bueno

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    71 min

    • Spanish


    Dignified, strong and formidable, and oozing erotic attraction: young malambo dancer Gaspar is at one with his passion for dance that he has made his profession. But, as director Santiago Loza makes clear at the beginning of his film, the Argentinian competitive dance malambo is an uncompromising battle against time. This is a dance to which you devote your entire life and, even if you should happen to win the top championship joust, you are henceforth condemned to training the next generation or to appearing in nightly cruise shows, for there is no possibility to take part in this competition again. Loza’s contrasty, magical black-and-white images whisk us away into the world of Argentinian gaucho dance. Billed as a fiction, his film comes across as a mixture of documentary, fairy-tale, biography and essay in which he juxtaposes the beauty of the dance battles with the harsh realities faced by the dancer himself. Gaspar’s devotion begins to take its toll on his body. There seems to be no longer anything else but malambo. In his few rare encounters with life beyond the dance floor Gaspar meets family members, competitors and his flatmate – all in the heat of his tiny apartment.



    Gaspar Jofre
    Fernando Muñoz
    Nubecita Varga
    Pablo Lugones
    Gabriela Pastor
    Carlos Defeo
    Santiago Loza
    Ivan Fund
    Eduardo Crespo
    Lorena Moriconi
    Santiago Loza

    Santiago Loza


    Born on 15 April 1971 in Córdoba, Argentina. He studied literature at the universidad Nacional. In 1995, he moved to Buenos Aires, where he studied screenwriting at the Escuela Nacional de Experimentación y Realización Cinematográfica (ENERC). From 2007 to 2009, he also studied dramaturgy at the Escuela Municipal de Artes Dramáticas. He made his first full-length feature film EXTRAÑO in 2002. In addition to directing films, he also works as a screenwriter and playwright.

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