Chinese Take-Away

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Chinese Take-Away
Chinese Take-Away.jpg
Film poster
SpanishUn cuento chino
Directed bySebastián Borensztein
Produced byPablo Bossi
Gerardo Herrero
Juan Pablo Buscarini
Written bySebastián Borensztein
StarringRicardo Darín
Music byLucio Godoy
CinematographyRolo Pulpeiro
Edited byPablo Barbieri Carrera
Fernando Pardo
Pampa Films
Tornasol Films
Distributed byBuena Vista International
Release date
  • 24 March 2011 (2011-03-24)
Running time
93 minutes

Chinese Take-Away (Spanish: Un cuento chino) is a 2011 Argentine comedy film written and directed by Sebastián Borensztein.[1] The film was the highest grossing non-US film in Argentina in 2011.[2]


Roberto is a veteran who is characterised by orderliness and a firm belief in the value of control. He runs his own hardware store accordingly. If a supplier sells him boxes with 100 screws each, he counts all the screws and files a complaint if just a single one is missing. He feels that the world around his isle of neatness has gone mad. In order to prove his point, he collects newspaper articles about grotesque mishaps originally triggered by a lack of diligence.

While Roberto believes he has his life under control and is safe from surprises, he is confronted by an appalling incident. A Chinese man, Jun, is thrown out of a moving car in front of Roberto's eyes. Roberto helps him and tries to put things right again, as it is his nature. This is in particular difficult because neither one speaks the other one's language and Roberto is absolutely not in the habit of asking anybody for help. However, they find an interpreter who enables them to converse.

Jun discloses to Roberto he came to Argentina to find his uncle. Roberto explains to Jun that he has become such a grumpy man because his world view has been shattered by the Falklands war. Then Roberto provides an example on what he means when he considers the whole world gone mad. He shows Jun his collection of newspaper articles and points out the article about a Chinese girl who was killed by a cow that fell out of a moving aircraft. Yet Jun knows this story already since she was his fiancée and he actually came to Argentina because everything in China reminded him of this tragedy.



List of awards and nominations
Award Date of ceremony Category Recipients and nominees Result
60th Argentine Film Critics Association Awards[3] 11 June 2012 Best Director Sebastián Borensztein Nominated
Best Actor Ricardo Darín Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Muriel Santa Ana Nominated
Male Newcomer Huang Sheng Huang Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Sebastián Borensztein Nominated
Best Sound Charly Schmukler and Eduardo Esquide Nominated
2011 Argentine Academy of Cinematography Arts and Sciences Awards[4][5] 12 December 2011 Best Film Mariela Besuievski Won
Best Director Sebastián Borensztein Nominated
Best Actor Ricardo Darín Won
Best Supporting Actress Muriel Santa Ana Won
Best Supporting Actor Ignacio Huang Nominated
Best New Actress Muriel Santa Ana Nominated
Best New Actor Ignacio Huang Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Sebastián Borensztein Nominated
Best Cinematography Rodrigo Pulpeiro Nominated
Best Editing Fernando Pardo and Pablo Barbieri Nominated
Best Art Direction Valeria Ambrosio Nominated
Best Costume Design Cristina Menela Nominated
Best Original Music Lucio Godoy Nominated
Best Sound Charly Smuckler and Eduardo Esquide Nominated


  1. ^ "Latido take international rights to Chinese Take-Away". screendaily. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  2. ^ Smith, Ian Hayden (2012). International Film Guide 2012. p. 58. ISBN 978-1908215017.
  3. ^ "Ganadores de la 60 entrega de los Premios Cóndor de Plata" (in Spanish). Argentine Film Critics Association.
  4. ^ "2011 Premio Sur Nominations" (in Spanish). Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Argentina.
  5. ^ "2011 Premio Sur Winners" (in Spanish). Argentine Academy of Cinematography Arts and Sciences Awards. Archived from the original on 24 December 2012.

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