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CAMERA OBSCURA



Illuminating questions of beauty and self-image through a feminine lens, Camera Obscura is the enchanting and inventive story of a homely woman who recedes into obscurity among a colony of Argentine Jewish immigrants. Born on the docks of a Buenos Aires harbor at the end of the 19th century and rejected by her mother, Gertrudis escapes her ugly duckling adolescence through flights of fancy. Eventually married off to an older, wealthy Jewish rancher and raising a loving family, she appears to have found happiness. When a worldly French portrait photographer is invited to take a family portrait, his surrealist visions reveal the camera-shy Gertrudis in a new light. Artfully blending live action, animation and still photography, Camera Obscura is a lyrical, inventive film from Argentine director Maria Victoria Menis, who has you rooting for Gertrudis from the start.

Nominated for 8 Argentine Film Critics Association Awards, including Best Film.

JCC Rochester Jewish Film Festival

Sunday, August 1
3pm, Little Theatre


Director: Maria Victoria Menis
Country: Argentina/France
Running Time: 85 min.
Year: 2008
Language: Spanish/Yiddish w/ subtitles
Genre: Narrative