Deshora is a 2013 Argentine drama film directed by BÃrbara Sarasola-Day. It tells the story of Ernesto and Helena, a married couple who live on a tobacco farm in northwest Argentina, and JoaquÃn, Helena's cousin who comes to visit them after getting out of rehab. The arrival of JoaquÃn disrupts the routine of the couple and sparks a hidden attraction between him and Helena, creating a tense and ambiguous situation.
The film explores the themes of desire, betrayal, guilt and loneliness through the eyes of three characters who are trapped in their own secrets and fears. The film also depicts the harsh reality of the tobacco workers and the contrast between the natural beauty of the landscape and the inner turmoil of the protagonists.
Deshora was Sarasola-Day's debut feature film and it was selected to compete in the Panorama section of the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival. The film received positive reviews from critics, who praised the performances of the actors, especially MarÃa Ucedo as Helena, and the cinematography by Lucio Bonelli. The film was also nominated for Best Cinematography at the 2015 Argentine Film Critics Association Awards.
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Deshora is the first feature film by BÃrbara Sarasola-Day, a young Argentine director who studied film at the University of Buenos Aires. She was inspired by her own experience of living in a tobacco farm in Salta, where she witnessed the harsh conditions of the workers and the isolation of the landowners. She also wanted to explore the dynamics of a love triangle that is not based on passion, but on boredom and frustration.
The film received mixed reviews from critics, who praised its visual style and atmosphere, but criticized its slow pace and lack of depth. Some critics compared it to Teorema, a 1968 film by Pier Paolo Pasolini, where a mysterious stranger seduces every member of a bourgeois family. However, Sarasola-Day said that she was not influenced by Pasolini's film, but by other Argentine directors such as Lucrecia Martel and Pablo Trapero.
Deshora was screened at several international film festivals, such as Berlin, Havana, Rotterdam and San SebastiÃn. It also won several awards, such as the Best First Feature Award at the Guadalajara International Film Festival and the Best Director Award at the Lima Latin American Film Festival. The film was also selected as the Argentine entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.
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The film features a talented cast of Argentine actors, led by Luis Ziembrowski as Ernesto, a taciturn and distant man who is devoted to his work and neglects his wife. Ziembrowski is a veteran actor who has appeared in films such as The Aura (2005), The Secret in Their Eyes (2009) and The Clan (2015). He also co-directed the documentary film The Last Bandoneon (2006) with Alejandro Saderman.
Alejandro Buitrago plays JoaquÃn, a troubled and sensitive young man who is trying to overcome his addiction and find his place in the world. Buitrago is a Colombian actor who made his debut in Deshora. He also starred in the Colombian film Chasing Fireflies (2013) by Roberto Flores Prieto.
MarÃa Ucedo portrays Helena, a restless and unhappy woman who feels trapped in her marriage and her environment. Ucedo is an Argentine actress who has worked in theater, television and film. She has appeared in films such as The Headless Woman (2008) by Lucrecia Martel, The German Doctor (2013) by LucÃa Puenzo and The Distinguished Citizen (2016) by GastÃn Duprat and Mariano Cohn.