Tag: Asuncion

  • Paraguayan Thriller 7 Boxes Surges with High Spirits and Surprises

    Marvelous footchases over, under, and through the stalls of a sprawling Asunción marketplace invigorate this twisty life-on-the-streets crime thriller, but it’s Paraguayan directors Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schémbori’s adept human touch that makes those freewheeling sprints so marvelously tense. (Or simply marvelous, in the case of one flirtatious dash in which two teenagers court […]

  • 108 (Cuchillo de Palo): Bold Rule-Breaking

    Midway through the unhurried documentary 108 (Cuchillo de Palo), Renate Costa Perdomo, who writes and directs, asks her father Pedro, her chief interview subject, “Don’t you wonder what I’m doing?” Costa is investigating the mysterious death, years earlier, of his brother Rodolfo, and many of her interviewees—Rodolfo’s friends and neighbors, as well as former Asunción, […]

  • The Revisionist: Pole Position

    “Am I a terrible person?” David (Jesse Eisenberg) asks his Polish cousin Maria (Vanessa Redgrave). “I think I might have some anger directed inwardly. Am I terrible?” Maria wisely leaves his question unanswered. “It’s okay,” she says. And it is. Better than okay, actually. Eisenberg made his playwriting debut at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater with 2011’s […]

  • Las Acacias, Deserving of Its Awards, Is All About The Road Taken

    Winner of the Best First Feature at Cannes last year and a highlight of New Directors/New Films this past spring, Pablo Giorgelli’s minimalist, gentle road movie traverses 900 miles, from Asunción, Paraguay—where terse, middle-aged truck driver Rubén (Germán de Silva) picks up Jacinta (Hebe Duarte) and her five-month-old baby girl, Anahí—to Buenos Aires, where the […]

  • Asuncion: The Buddies and the Bride

    All through Jesse Eisenberg’s Asuncion (Cherry Lane Theatre), I kept hearing in my head the TV producer in Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles, trying to convince her art-historian gal pal to write a treatment for a sitcom. “Just tell us who these women are,” she prompts the puzzled academic, “and why they’re funny.” Eisenberg probably […]

  • Nanny McFee

    It’s not a bad-sounding list of job benefits: starting pay at $14 an hour, employer-provided health insurance, four weeks of paid vacation after five years, and five weeks after 10 years. Add to that free lunches and generous time to hang out in Central Park. Plenty of working stiffs in this town would love to […]

  • Sex From Seville, and the Same Old Same Old From Brooklyn

    You missed “¡Viva El Flamenco!” uptown at Hunter College? My sympathies. You missed arguably the realest, baddest, sexiest man in dance today—Rafael Campallo from Seville, Spain—and his partner, Asunción “Choni” Pérez, with their clean lines and contours, hands articulated with piscine fluidity, august command of space. You missed effervescent Manuel Lombo, whose dramatic gestures made […]