Pizza, Beer, and Cigarettes

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Pizza, Beer, and Cigarettes
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Israel Adrián Caetano
Bruno Stagnaro
Produced by Bruno Stagnaro
Written by Israel Adrián Caetano
Bruno Stagnaro
Starring Héctor Anglada
Jorge Sesán
Pamela Jordán
Music by Leo Sujatovich
Cinematography Marcelo Lavintman
Edited by Andrés Tambornino
Distributed by Palo y a la Bolsa Cine
Release dates
  • January 15, 1998 (1998-01-15) (Argentina)
Running time
92 minutes
Country Argentina
Language Spanish

Pizza, Beer, and Cigarettes (Spanish: Pizza, birra, faso), is a 1998 Argentine drama film, co-directed and co-written by Israel Adrián Caetano and Bruno Stagnaro. It's also known as: Pizza, Beer & Smokes. The drama features Héctor Anglada, Jorge Sesan, Pamela Jordán, and others.[1]

Pizza, Beer, and Cigarettes is the film that's known as "the spark that ignited the New Argentine Cinema when it premiered at the international Mar del Plata Film Festival."[2]

The motion picture was filmed entirely in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Plot[edit]

This story takes place in an impoverished district outside Buenos Aires. It tells about a corrupt group of teenage misfits: the not-so-bright Megabom (Alejandro Pous), the asthmatic Pablo (Jorge Sesan), the nerdy Frula (Walter Diaz), and Sandra (Pamela Jordan), the pregnant girlfriend of El Cordobes (Héctor Anglada). All are squatters living together in the same house. The group wanders the city and steal in order to survive.

Sandra, because she's pregnant, starts to think about her future and the life she can make for her expected baby. She tells Cordobés that if he doesn't go straight, she'll leave him.

But, when the gang robs a legless street vendor, Sandra is arrested.

Instead of straightening up, Cordobés finds a gun and borrows a 1971 Ford Fairlane in order to rob a restaurant. His plans go terribly wrong.

 

Cast[edit]

Distribution[edit]

The producers used the following tagline to promote the film:

Four friends. One city. Only one way out.

The film first opened in Argentina on January 15, 1998.

The film was shown at various film festivals, including: the Fribourg International Film Festival, Switzerland; the Toulouse Latin America Film Festival, France; the Montevideo Film Festival, Uruguay; the Gramado Film Festival, Brazil; and the Torino International Festival of Young Cinema, Turin, Italy.[3][4]

In the United States it was not released as a feature film, but rather it was released in DVD format on December 27, 2005.

Accolades[edit]

Wins

  • Argentine Film Critics Association Awards: Silver Condor; Best Film; Best First Film; Best New Actor, Héctor Anglada; Best Original Screenplay, Bruno Stagnaro & Adrián Caetano; 1999.
  • Fribourg International Film Festival, Fribourg, Switzerland: FIPRESCI Prize, Israel Adrián Caetano and Bruno Stagnaro, for a first feature by two young directors who dramatize with force and without sentimentality the predicament of the teenage marginals of Argentina; and Grand Prix; 1998.
  • Gramado Film Festival: Golden Kikito—Best Director; Best Film, Best Screenplay; Israel Adrián Caetano and Bruno Stagnaro; 1998.
  • Toulouse Latin America Film Festival: Israel Adrián Caetano and Bruno Stagnaro; 1998.

Nominations

  • Torino International Festival of Young Cinema, Torino, Italy: Prize of the City of Torino Best Film - International Feature Film Competition, Adrián Caetano and Bruno Stagnaro; 1998.
  • Argentine Film Critics Association Awards: Silver Condor; Best Director, Bruno Stagnaro and Adrián Caetano; Best Editing, Andrés Tambornino; Best New Actor, Jorge Sesán; 1999.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pizza, birra, faso at the Internet Movie Database.
  2. ^ Shpuntoff, Richard. MovieMaker Magazine, "Don’t Cry for Argentina," Issue #54, Spring 2004.
  3. ^ Gutierrez, Maria Alejandra. Goliath, "Bountiful rebound of Argentine cinema," May 1, 2004.
  4. ^ IMDb, awards section, ibid.

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