Jan 14 - Jan 20, 2011

(Pablo Stoll, Uruguay, 2010, DigiBeta, 79 min)

Seattle Premiere!

Pablo Stoll’s debut solo feature quickly morphs into one of the most pleasantly quixotic works of cinema in recent memory. A silent musical based on real facts, Stoll delivers an absurdist journey through the mundane day of a slacker, where all spoken dialogue is replaced by intertitles. Based on and inspired by Stoll’s enigmatic real life brother (also the main actor), we accompany Juan as he goes about his own (very intriguing) life for a day. Far from silent, the film is full of ambient sounds and the superb soundtrack of under­ground Uruguayan punk and rock bands that Juan listens to on his headphones. Stoll shows with Hiroshima that he is at the center of Uruguayan cinema, with cameos by Adrián Biniez (Gigante), Federico Veiroj (Acné) and Manuel Nieto Zas (La Perrera).

“Stoll exhibits his own mastery of the medium with Hiroshima…the climax is a spectacularly simple synthesis of form and content.” —Screen International

"Pure joy...the anticipation of each new image engages us more completely than any hackneyed storyline. Visually addictive" —Seattle PostGlobe 

"A long and delightful music video that has successfully risen to the condition of cinema. Pablo Stoll's movie has a lot in common with Kanye West's Runaway." —The Stranger

"Cinematically ambitious yet divertingly entertaining...an illuminating experiment in straining the very logic of films. The result is a wacky version of a certain kind of hybrid movie from cinema's transition era from silence to sound, films in which sound was used expressively (even perversely) by the likes of Rene Clair and Alfred Hitchcock. "Hiroshima" is nothing less than trippy classicism." —Seattle Times



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