Directory of World Cinema: Argentina (Book)

Directory of World Cinema: Argentina focuses on Argentina's film industry, one of the most popular, diverse and successful industries in Latin America. This book contains essays, reviews, full-colour stills, interviews, references and trivia. Topics include a survey of the country's key films, the Buenos Aires film festival and iconic directors.


Argentina boasts one of the most popular, diverse and successful film industries in Latin America. From early films about gauchos and the tango to human rights dramas and groundbreaking experimental documentaries, Argentina’s cinematic output has achieved both global influence and international acclaim.
A discriminating survey of the country’s key films, Directory of World Cinema: Argentina contains provocative essays and astute reviews by scholars, critics, filmmakers and film buffs. Chapters spotlight, among other subjects, the Buenos Aires film festival and the legacy of such iconic directors as María Luisa Bemberg and Pablo Trapero. Film reviews examine a cross-section of Argentine cinema, providing critical analysis of everything from contemporary blockbusters to hidden gems. Featuring full-colour stills, interviews, references and trivia, this book is an invaluable resource for readers interested in the fascinating world of Argentine film.

Gary M. Kramer is a freelance writer.

Beatriz Urraca is associate professor of Spanish at Widener University.

Introduction by the Editors 

Film of the Year 

Elefante blanco/White Elephant

Festival Focus


Industry Spotlight

Argentine Cinema from Production to Exhibition

Cultural Crossover

Tango and Cinema

Scoring Cinema

Gabriel Chwojnik


Fernando ‘Pino’ Solanas
Leonardo Favio
María Luisa Bemberg
Marcelo Piñeyro

Interview with Verónica Chen


History & Cinema

Social & Political Cinema


Modern Families

Sex & Gender

Urban Cinema




'This directory is an excellent vade mecum for both academics and film buffs.  Meaty essays provide provocative commentaries on cinematic history, sociopolitical background, sex and gender, crime, dictatorship, and modern families; zero in on the documentary genre; and explore the experimental. '

K. M. Sibbald, McGill University
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