Theatre Of War
Film // Lola Arias, 2018

In 1982, Argentina and UK fought the Malvinas Falklands War. The war ended with the British military victory and took about 1.000 lives, both British and Argentinean. While the conflict took place years ago, the sovereignty of the islands is still in dispute.

Theatre of War tells the story of how six veterans from the Malvinas/ Falklands War came together to make a film. Almost thirty-five years after the conflict, three British and three Argentine veterans spent months together discussing their war memories and then rehearsing their re-enactment.

This film is a way of showing the whole social experiment of making an artistic project with one-time enemies of war: the auditions to find the protagonists, the first meetings and discussions with them, the theatrical re-enactments of their memories in different scenarios: a swimming pool, a construction site, a military regiment. All the scenes in the film are at the same time authentic and artificial. Sometimes it looks like it’s happening for the first time, sometimes it’s a highly rehearsed situation.

The film playfully switches between reality and fiction, spontaneity and acting. It explores how to transform a soldier into an actor, how to turn war experiences into a story, how to show the collateral effects of war. The movie brings together former enemies to perform their wartime and post-war nightmares.

CREDITS

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY por Lola Arias.
WITH Lou Armour, David Jackson, Rubén Otero, Sukrim Rai, Gabriel Sagastume, Marcelo Vallejo
PRODUCED BY Gema Juárez Allen y Alejandra Grinschpun.
CO-PRODUCED BY Bettina Walter, Ingmar Trost, Pedro Saleh
PROYECT DOCTOR Alan Pauls
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND CAMARA / ARTISTIC COLLABORATION Manuel Abramovich
GAFFER AND ADITIONAL CAMERA Armin Marchesini Weihmuller
GAFFER Francisco Nishimoto
CAMARA ASSISTANTS Agustín Boero, Camila López Pozner, Ayelén López
RUNNER Manuel Berisso
EDITING Anita Remón, Alejo Hoijman
EDITING ASSISANTS Noelia Couto, Verónica de Cata
RESEARCH Luz Algranti y Sofía Medici
ARTISTIC ASSISTANCE Lucila Piffer
ARTISTIC ADVICE Alejo Moguillansky y Graciela Speranza
SOUND DESIGN Sofía Straface (ASA)
SOUND RECORDING Julia Huberman, Martín Vaisman, Pablo Trilnik
SOUND RECORDING ASSISTANTS Maximiliano Llovet Menesses, Paula Ramírez, Nicolás Yaya, Diego Sánchez, Joaquín Rajadle, Nicolás de la Valentina
FOLEY ARTIST Francisco Rizzi (ASA)
FOLEY ASSISTANT Martín Scaglia (ASA)
DIALOGUE MIXER Lucas Meyer (ASA)
RE-RECORDING MIXER Sebastián González (ASA)
RE-RECORDING STUDIO El cono del silencio
COLOR GRADING Laura Viviani, Crows Nest PCG
PRODUCTION COORDINATORS Carla Rosmino, Francisco Novick
LINE PRODUCER Adrián Fiszbejn
PRODUCTION RUNNERS Agustina Barzola Würth, Imanol López
PRODUCTION TRAINEE Valentín Álvarez Such
POST PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR AND VFX PRODUCER Leandro Vitali, Pedro Lijeron Vargas
POST PRODUCTION CONSULTANT Leo Hans, Jonathan smecke
MAKE-UP ARTIST Soledad Alonso
CAMARA MUNICH Mikko Gaestel
SOUND MUNICH Drik Krecker
GRAPHIC DESIGN Diego Berakha
CREDITS DESIGNER Agustín Ceretti
TRANSLATORS AND INTERPRETERS Erika Teichert, Ana Victoria Quiroz, James Albert Surges, Laxcha Bantawa, Michel Steinberg, Daniel Tunnard

THEATRE OF WAR was premiered at the 68. Berlinale Forum (Cicae Award, Ecumenical Jury Award) and was presented at SXSW Festival, BAFICI (Best Director Award), Jerusalem IFF, London BFI, Wroclaw Brave FF, San Sebastian Zabaltegi, Amsterdam IDFA, La Habana Film Festival, Zagreb IFF, Göteborg 2019, DocumentaMadrid 2019, among others. Read more.

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