In its sixty-five minutes, Paz Encina’s first film, carries Ramón and Cándida, an aging couple living in the deep country, from sunrise, when they hang their old hammock between two trees in a clearing, to sunset, when they take it in. Settled in its tenuous grasp, they talk about the heat, the rain, the dog that won’t stop barking, the war, and their son, Máximo, who is doing his military service and hasn’t been heard from lately. The father lives in hope, the mother in fear, and scenes of their daily rounds of labor and rest—images of a contemplative pictorial exaltation—are joined by voice-over flashbacks revealing the story of their son’s departure and the rumors that followed.
Set during the military dictatorship that ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1983, it tells the story of María Fabiani, a 18 year-old teacher and political activist who works in adult literacy in the poor areas of Buenos Aires. His father has died and to support the family house, his mother sublets rooms. One day a military commando group dressed as civilians breaks into the house and kidnaps the young woman and take her to a clandestine detention camp. There she meets Felix, a tenant of his mother that is in love with her and that turns out to be one in charge of torturing her.
Irene, a magazine editor who’s lived a sheltered existence under the shadow of the Pinochet dictatorship in 1973 Chile, gradually awakens to the political tumult when handsome photographer Francisco enters her life and opens her eyes.
Adaptation of the poem about the gaucho Martín Fierro by Argentine writer José Hernández. When Martín Fierro returns to the family ranch, he finds it abandoned. He then remembers his peaceful life until he was forcibly recruited to serve in the border army, from which he ended up deserting. A voice-over recites Hernández’s verses, recounts the confrontations with the Indians and denounces the social injustices and authoritarianism that prevail with the most humble.
When an international casino crime ring is planning a big score at a fixed roulette game, the casino police enlists the help of Jeff Miller, an alcoholic croupier, to nab the bad guys. Jeff is attracted to Laura, a singer at the casino, but she prefers the company of the leader of the thieving casino ring.
A bank employee utilizes a legal loophole to conduct the perfect crime, planning to reap the rewards of his embezzlement following a six-year prison sentence.
The brothers Santos and Rufino Peralta are used like animals in the workplace at the Parana Stop. There they encounter enormous hardship and inhuman conditions of work as a consequence of the immense greed of the managers. A worker’s rebellion is maturing, to the point that it is developed into trade union of workers who respond against their grief. Finally, the workers plot a counterattack and punish their corrupt employers.
The film takes place decades after the Falklands War between Argentina and the United Kingdom for the control of the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic Ocean. It tells of Fabián Stratas, a magician and stand-up comedian from Buenos Aires, who saves his money from weddings, birthdays, and bar mitzvahs, and uses a hidden camera to document a week-long trip to the Falkland Islands, which he calls “Fuckland”. He plans to impregnate an islander, reasoning that if only 500 Argentines did the same each year, the islands would soon be overrun with half-Argentines, and he would be the head of a “sexual invasion.”