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April 25, 2016

  • WLCS Film Festival: Elefante Blanco
    Pablo Trapero makes punchy, unblinking films with their eyes firmly on real-world problems – including 2010’s ‘Carancho’ and 2008’s ‘Lion’s Den’. The Argentinian’s latest plunges us into a Buenos Aires slum which sits in the shadow of a vast, unfinished hospital (the ‘white elephant’ of the title). Here, community workers and priests collaborate to finish a housing project that’s strapped for cash and keep the peace between gangs. We follow two muscular priests, Father Nicolás (Ricardo Darin, pictured), a slightly more establishment figure, and Father Julián (Jérémie Renier), a Belgian missionary who is fresh from a violent conflict in a remote village and whose vow of chastity is challenged by a good-looking social worker, Luciana (Martina Gusman).
    —. Dave Calhoun (