The new film from Argentinian director Gastón Solnicki (Papirosen) is a singularity— a playful portrait of spiritual lethargy. Partly inspired by Béla Bartók’s opera Bluebeard's Castle (vivid passages are heard throughout the film), Kékszakállú is comprised of moments that seem to have been drawn from memory, with an elliptical continuity that moves according to forms, colors, sounds, and states of being. There is no protagonist in Kékszakállú, but several young women blanketed under layers of sunlit lassitude and politely tamped down discomfort. Nevertheless, this is a joyful experience, moving inexorably toward liberation.
Kékszakállú premiered at New York, Mar del Plata, Thessaloniki and Venice, where it won the FIPRESCI Award for Best Film in Orizzonti. Screening July 21st at Lincoln Center.