Berlinale

Lost Embrace (El Abrazo Partido)

Synopsis
Ariel’s world is a small, rather run-down shopping centre in downtown Buenos Aires. All day long one can hear the cries of Italian storekeepers, watch Koreans selling feng shui articles or observe Osvaldo, who can’t seem to shift any of his wares. Ariel’s mother runs a women’s lingerie shop and his brother is in the import-export business. His is a cosy little world - albeit one without much of a future.
Many young people of Ariel’s age are busy tracing their ethnic roots in the hope of obtaining the foreign travel documents that will open the doors to the big, wide world. Ariel’s interests, however, lie elsewhere. Ariel’s grandparents came to Argentina from Poland to escape the Holocaust; but Ariel wants more than a Polish passport. What preoccupies him is why his father left the family to go and fight for Israel shortly after Ariel was born. And why did he never come back? Moreover, why does his father’s absence appear to be of little or no interest to his mother and his brothers?
And then, one day, his father suddenly appears before him. At long last, father can enfold son in a long-overdue embrace. And what’s more, Ariel finally gets to hear the whole story …


World premiere
Berlin International Film Festival 2004, Competition

Theatrical release in Germany
August 3, 2005

Awards
Best Actor and Jury Grand Prix, Berlin International Film Festival 2004
Sociedad General de Autores Españoles award, International Film Festival Habana
Canal Plus Award for the Best Unpublished Script
Best Camera Award by Anonimul International Film Festival 2005
Best Supporting Actress Adriana Aizemberg Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards Silver Condor 2005
Best Film, Bangkok World Film Festival 2004
Best Film, Clarin Entertainment Awards 2004
Best Director, Best Film, Lleida Latin-American Film Festival 2004

Rights sold to
Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, UK, USA

Festivals (selection)
Berlin International Film Festival 2004
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2005
Pusan International Film Festival 2004
Chicago International Film Festival 2004
São Paulo International Film Festival 2004
Toulouse Latin America Film Festival 2004
NatFilm Festival, Denmark 2004
Wellington Film Festival, New Zealand 2004
Helsinki International Film Festival
Warsaw Film Festival 2004
Bangkok World Film Festival 2004
London Film Festival 2004
Wisconsin Film Festival 2005

Argentina 2004
Director: Daniel Burman
Producer: BD Cine Srl, Buenos Aires
German distributor: Pegasos Film
World Sales: Bavaria Media

Funded in the WCF jury session of January 2005
Funding amount: 15,000 €