Finding Sofía movie trailer


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About the movie

Finding Sofía is my first feature film, we shot it in Buenos Aires and New York in late 2014 and debuted in Buenos Aires Film Festival in Argentina and Austin Film Festival in USA. The movie is distributed by Film Buff and is available on Hulu.


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Finding Sofía Synopsis

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Alex is a conflicted animation filmmaker living in Brooklyn. His “Dancing Tomatoes” animation video went viral two years ago and since then Alex has been trying to prove the world he can do more than “funny videos, and dancing things”.

Pressured by his friend Josh to sign a contract with a yogurt brand to develop the “dancing fruits show” and plunge deeper into artistic superficiality Alex will, instead, buy a ticket to Argentina.

The plan is to meet with Sofia, a girl with whom he started an online relationship after she left a nasty comment about his work and who has never seen in person.

Alex’s hope to find love and substance will be confronted after finding Sofía living on an island in the outskirts of Buenos Aires with her intimidating artist boyfriend Víctor, and his assistant Flor.

Alex will be forced to be the fish out of water and try to capture Sofía’s interest or come back to his old life
and sign the contract.


Finding Sofía in the press:

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Why I decided to shoot my first movie on a swamp crowded by mosquitoes and stinging caterpillars. 
(by Nico Casavecchia)

When you are a kid in Buenos Aires in the 80s, and you are between 10 or 12 (you’ll see when it happens to you), El Tigre is this weird place that you went a few times with the family of your best friend and it felt like visiting a swamp in autumn.

Later, when you grow up you think about the fragmented memories of the place and how is so hard for you to makes sense of it spatially. It’s so different than the city and you can get there so effortlessly that is like falling asleep in the train for a second and immediately dreaming about something weird.

I left Argentina when I was 19, and I spent my last years in Buenos Aires getting drunk with my friends and trying to finish high school. It wasn’t until I was 30 something that I could afford to come back regularly and re visit all the places that I’ve been in my hometown. By then my friends had re discovered El Tigre and were spending their summers renting houses in the islands there. El Tigre is a river delta in the outskirts of Buenos Aires, where Paraná, a river that starts in the Amazon, explodes in a thousand little islands that you can access only by boat, before unfolding in the Río de la plata, and then the sea. It’s the last stop of a long journey and things are brought that don’t belong in Buenos Aires, making the place feel haunted with echoes of a different place, miles away. El Tigre feels tropical somehow, but formally it’s nothing but.

It takes time to love El Tigre. It can be tough on you at first, coming from the city. It’s basically a brown river dragging mud for a thousand years, and people building houses on that mud once the soil is hard enough as their will to escape other places.

There is a huge difference between people born in El Tigre and people, like me, that come from the city, even when the distance from each other is short. You enter their domain, you are in their house. Even if you build your house there you don’t belong. Everything in El Tigre is temporary, the trails, the islands, the houses, the river will eventually claim everything back.

 

A nest of stinging caterpillars in the location, climbing up to bungee jump on our heads later, once they know we’re shooting and we can’t move without ruining the take.

A nest of stinging caterpillars in the location, climbing up to bungee jump on our heads later, once they know we’re shooting and we can’t move without ruining the take.

My friend and writing partner Pablo Sternbach loves it there and taught me to appreciate it, I respect it too much to say I love the place. El Tigre doesn’t love you back, it just give you a pass sometimes. 

We decided to place Alex in El Tigre early in the writing process. I loved the idea of an island (Manhattan) that mirrors another island (Sofía’s in El Tigre). Alex run away from the first one and lands in the second one, only to find every fear, anxiety, yearn, and desire condensed in there, like a microcosm.

Shooting there was what you can expect from a place where electricity goes off every other day, there is virtually no cell phone reception and mosquitoes are in such abundance that you breath them if you open your mouth. Once a year El Tigre decides to grow a plague of stinging caterpillars. They nest in the trees and when the population overflows simply fall from the leafs out of lack of space. At any given moment we could have caterpillars falling inside the shoes, shirts, faces of the cast and crew, which meant 6 minutes of intense burning pain.