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    74 min

    • Spanish


    Rotterdam IFF

    A portrait of Argentine director Gastón Solnicki's family over the course of the second half of the 20th century, Papirosen follows four generations still troubled by a war that’s never spoken of. The film juxtaposes different periods with their native image formats, along with landscapes, characters and international political events, as it focuses on a singular decade of a nouveau riche Argentine Jewish family, and the new generation’s introduction into familiar traumas and vitality.


    • Best Film (Argentine Selection) - BAFICI
    • Lia Jewish Experience Award - Jerusalem FF


    Mirta Najdorf
    Víctor Solnicki
    Alan Solnicki
    Yanina Solnicki
    Mateo Tarlowsky
    Lara Tarlowsky
    Sebastián Tarlowsky
    Pola Winicki
    Gastón Solnicki
    Andrea Kleinman


    Solnicki demonstrates that a work of art can be made from the humble materials of home-shot video and various 8mm formats

    Robert Koehler, Variety

    Papirosen is less a memorial than an unsentimental, even ambivalent, elegy in-the-making, in which quiet devastation lurks in the details.

    Jay Kuehner, Cinema Scope Magazine

    ... use of archival footage in the film is an absolute killer, and may even be an example of pure cinema

    Mark Peranson, Moving Image Source

    Instead of a dignified stroll down genealogy lane, Mr. Solnicki has made a sparking, gossipy soap opera that’s riddled with emotion and stuffed with strong characters.

    Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

    A poignant documentary about the legacy of a traumatic past as experienced across four generations.

    Morgan Wilcock, Film Comment

    Parpirosen offers us simplicity and contemplation as a form of inquiry.

    Diego Semerene, Slant

    Gastón  Solnicki

    Gastón Solnicki


    Gastón Solnicki, born in 1978, in an Argentine director and producer. He studied at the International Center of Photography and obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He directed his first feature film SÜDEN in 2008. His second film, PAPIROSEN, premiered in Locarno in 2011, then won the Best Film Award at BAFICI and was finally released in New York where it got selected as a New York Times “Critics’ Picks.” His films have screened at festivals such as Rotterdam, Viennale and Jeonju.

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