Set in an undisclosed time and place ‘The City without a Voice’, whose inhabitants have lost their voices to the sinister Mr. TV, live their daily lives in an eternal snow and are subjected to controlled Television programming and must even eat a mind-numbing TV dinner. However, this is not enough for Mr. TV—he wants their minds as well. So he and his henchman create a hypnotizing device to control all the citizens’ minds through his television broadcasts. For this purpose, he kidnaps the only one left with The Voice, a beautiful, faceless singer, but a TV repairman witnesses the kidnapping and uncovers the plot with his father, daughter and the singer’s eyeless son, who also has a voice. Together they find a way to foil TV’s plan but it will take a journey to the city’s original abandoned broadcasting antenna, which is miles away.
This was the most original film that I have seen since last years “Pan’s Labyrinth”. What was even more amazing was that the budget was estimated at $1.5 million, quite a bit of money in Argentina, but not for Hollywood. It just proves that you do not need $60 million dollars to do a film, especially one of quality. On a critical note, some viewers will be overwhelmed by the fast pace of the screenplay. Plus, with so many metaphors, one might have difficulty keeping up with what is actually going on. The production crew, headed by Daniel Gimelberg, brings out Esteban Sepir’s imagination in full throttle.
At the Q and A, Executive Producer, Gonzalo Agulla provided few answers regarding Director Sepir’s imagination, but nonetheless the film is to be interpreted by a thinking audience. His honesty, however, was admirable in stating the film had not been a box office success in Argentina but that should not deem the film a failure. It has garnered many awards throughout Europe and was the first film to be chosen, for the first time in 36 years, for the official competition and opening of the Rotterdam Film Festival. I highly recommend it.
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