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Papirosen (2014)

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Fashioning nearly 200 hours of footage shot over a decade into a family portrait at once epic and intimate, the young Argentinean filmmaker Solnicki (whose previous film was the music documentary Süden) elevates the home movie to an art. Four generations of his Buenos Aires clan are captured on vacations and at family gatherings, as well as in small everyday moments. Digging into the family archives (vintage 8mm footage, a video recording of a bar mitzvah) and incorporating the musings of his grandmother, Pola, a Holocaust survivor, Solnicki crafts a deeply affecting meditation on the meaning of family and the weight of history. (c) Film Movement
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Documentary , Drama , Special Interest
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A sparking, gossipy soap opera that's riddled with emotion and stuffed with strong characters.

Full Review… | January 23, 2014
New York Times
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Solnicki's spliced-together, back-and-forth approach at first seems a jumble, but of course his choices are deliberate, and they pile up into revealing art.

Full Review… | January 21, 2014
Village Voice
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A poignant documentary about the legacy of a traumatic past as experienced across four generations.

Full Review… | February 14, 2014
Film Comment Magazine

This distillation of 200 hours' worth of home movies probably means a lot for the family at its center, but less for those of us in the audience.

Full Review… | January 23, 2014
Film Journal International

Gastón Solnicki's mapping out of his family's narrative from within never feels exploitative or self-absorbed.

Full Review… | January 20, 2014
Slant Magazine

Although never less than immersive, the documentary suffers from Solnicki's freeform approach, which has a tendency to lack context.

Full Review… | July 6, 2012
Eye for Film

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