Theatre of War

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    Theatre of War

    Teatro de Guerra

    Directed by

    Argentina, Spain

    2018

    82 min

    • English
    • Spanish
    • Nepali

    The Falklands War lasted from April to June of 1982 and took the lives of 655 Argentinian and 255 British soldiers. It ended in Argentina’s military defeat and in territorial claims on both sides that remain contentious to this day. Thirty-five years after the end of the war, Argentinian artist and director Lola Arias invites veterans to look back – together, either in pairs or in dialogue with the camera. The British and the Argentinians face each other as former enemies, but also form an ensemble, such as when they re-enact a battle scene in an abandoned building that resembles a theatre. Maps, faded magazines, and footage of the surreal sites where combat took place provide visual points of departure and cinematic spaces for their stories of fear – fear of both dying and of killing – and of the repercussions of a war that left its mark on all of them. But Teatro de guerra doesn’t just confine itself to the past: in staged encounters with young actors the same age that Marcelo, Jim and the others were back then, the film also asks how memories are transmitted, and how they live on.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Lola Arias
    Cinematography
    Manuel Abramovich
    Editing
    Anita Remon
    Alejo Hoijman
    Production
    GEMA FILMS
    Festival Bookings
    RAMONDA INK

    Press

    Theater of War is theatre and it is war...it is the most genuine and intimate thing these men, who flirted with death and madness, can offer...it is a film that surely will leave no one indifferent.

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    Lola  Arias

    Lola Arias

    Argentina

    Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1976. She is a writer, theatre and film director and performer. She collaborates with people from different backgrounds (war veterans, former communists, Bulgarian children, etc.) in theatre, literature, music, film and art projects. Her productions play with the overlap zones between reality and fiction. Since 2007, she develops her work in the field of documentary theatre. Her feature film THEATRE OF WAR (2018), starring the same protagonists as her theatre project Minefield, was selected for the 68th Forum of the Berlinale Film Festival. Lola Arias’ works for theatre have been performed at festivals such as: Lift Festival, London, Under the Radar, NY, Festival d’Avignon, Theater Spektakel, Zurich, Wiener Festwochen, Festival Theaterformen, Brunswick/Hanover, Spielart Festival, Munich, and Berlinale, as well as in venues like Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, Redcat, LA, Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis, Parque de la memoria, Buenos Aires, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and Royal Court Theatre, London.