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Avenida Argentina

Avenida Argentina
Scene from "Avenida Argentina" (photo © Nikolai von Graevenitz/Luethje & Schneider Film)

A night in Buenos Aires. Young people between sunset and sunrise, in search of trash, love, justice, a future. Four life lines that will cross but won't touch each other.

Nico sprays, under the cover of darkness, political graffiti against his anger at the corrupt government. His trademark is the spider, climbing over house walls and thus into Estér's nightlife. Together with her mother and her little son, she uses the hours before garbage removal trying to turn other people's waste into their living. Natalia is coming home from her webcam-stripping-job. She is dreaming of a man who loves her and of finally becoming the woman on the outside that she feels she already is. But right now she wants to go out, dance in a club and forget all about everything. The AMERIKA is also the place Ani, Hilde and Mechi are heading for. Drunk with cocktails, styling and the thought of boys, the three girlfriends take off into the night.

Avenida Argentina explores four opposite worlds along the social striplines of today's Argentina, between poor and rich, unschooled and studied, indigenous and European descent. An irritating snapshot of a society in crisis.

Lucia-Milena Bonse was born 1981 in Bielefeld. After longer stays abroad in Philadelphia/USA and Madrid/Spain, she enrolled at the Munich University of Television and Film in 2001 to study in the Film and Television Documentary department. Besides her first documentaries she also makes journalistic television features at home and abroad. From 2005-2006, she spent two semesters at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires/Argentina. In 2006 she worked in script development and production at Goldkind Film/TV60 in Munich, and since 2008 she has been active as a commissioning editor for ZDF\'s Das kleine Fernsehspiel. Avenida Argentina is her graduation film. Her other films include the documentaries: Die Muenchner Freiheit (short, 2002), Nahostkonflikt ganz nah (short, 2003), Koenigsblau (short, 2004), Bob Jones University (short, 2007), and Berlinale Taxi (2008).
Genre Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2009
Director Lucia-Milena Bonse
Cinematography Nikolai von Graevenitz
Anja Pohl
Producers Andreas Hoerl, Maren Lüthje, Florian Schneider
Production Company lüthje schneider hörl FILM/Munich, in co-production with Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF/M)
Length 84 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Versions English, German
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Munich 2009
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern

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