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46th San Francisco International Film Festival at PFA

Tuesday, April 29, 2003
9:15 a.m. HISTORIAS MÍNIMAS
Carlos Sorín Argentina, 2002

Three modern-day pilgrims—an old man looking for his lost dog, a traveling salesman, and a would-be game-show contestant—find a world of surprising generosity in desolate, windy southern Patagonia in Sorín's Historias Mínimas, one of those gems of storytelling that too rarely find theatrical distribution. The spontaneity of the mostly nonprofessional cast complements the abstract beauty of the Argentine landscape and the beguiling precision of Pablo Solarz's screenplay. Small negotiations and insignificant objects resonate in unexpected ways, as the travelers' simple expeditions are revealed to be journeys of hope and redemption.

—Tom Powers

• Written by Pablo Solarz. Photographed by Hugo Colace. With Javier Lombardo, Antonio Benedictis, Javiera Bravo. (94 mins)