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A mystical place, an enchanted story: A group of knights, imported directly from the Middle Ages, go ashore on the banks of the Río de la Plata. They are searching for a grave where they wish to perform a ritual. As they pass through the jungle, things happen that cause them to land in the present day. They have sex, find a car, enjoy a sunset with beers in their hands. Then an announcement comes over the radio that makes everything appear in a different light, and there’s no going back. This past summer demonstrations took place in southern Argentina against the Italian fashion and textile company Benetton. The company owns enormous tracts of land there that originally belonged to the Mapuche people. The indigenous Mapuche have been trying to get their property back for years in order to live in a self-determined manner. The protests were associated with excesses on both sides; Santiago Maldonado, who demonstrated with the Mapuche, disappeared in their midst. ‘Never again’ was the widespread sentiment at the end of the dictatorship in Argentina, now the old threat seems to be looming again. There is no escape from reality – one has to face up to it. The filmmaker breaks open prevalent stereotypes in order to tell his own story free of hegemonial interference.
Maike Mia Höhne

Manque La Banca

Argentina 2018


16’ · Colour

World premiere


Teo Palvi (Xavier De La Tumba)
Julia Sbriller (Jules De La Pond)
Antu La Banca (Manc Le Blanc)


Written and directed by
Manque La Banca
Pablo Huerta
Manc Le Blanc
Sound Design
Hernan Biassotti
Antu La Banca
Tobías Cédola
Un Puma, Buenos Aires, Argentinien


Manque La Banca

Born in Bariloche, Argentina in 1990, he studied film at the Facultad de Bellas Artes in La Plata and photography at the Sindicato de la Industria Cinematográfica Argentina (SICA) in Buenos Aires. In 2012 he and his brother, Antu La Banca, set up the Parquee label for films and music. He has directed various shorts and a feature film and works with Super 8 and 16mm. He has also released several albums with his band Nunca fui a un parque de diversiones. He develops all his films at his own film lab at home.


2011 Grrr; short film 2014 No Hay Control; short film · The 7 capital pardons: 1–The trip; short film 2016 Los Muertos Dos 2017 The 7 capital pardons: 3–The future; short film 2018 T.R.A.P

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