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The Good Intentions

Director: Ana García Blaya Run Time: 99 min. Format: DCP Rating: NR Release Year: 2019 Language: Spanish with English subtitles

Starring: Javier Drolas, Jazmín Stuart, Amanda Minujin, Ezequiel Fontanela

The Future of Film is Female presents the first U.S. screening of Ana García Blaya’s The Good Intentions (Las Buenas Intenciones), a poignant, semi-autobiographical portrait of a family fractured by fraught circumstances and unruly personalities, but united by an invincible love. To make an additional $10 donation to The Future of Film is Female, select the “Event + Donation” ticket on the checkout screen.

Set in Argentina during the economic slump of the 1990s, aging slacker Gustavo (Javier Drolas) lives for three things: fútbol, rock ‘n’ roll, and his children. Having separated some years ago, Gustavo and the kids’ mother Cecilia (Jazmin Stuart) share custody and remain more or less amicable, despite Gustavo’s inability to adhere to timetables or generate enough income to cover his share of the expenses. Gustavo runs a record store with his old buddy Néstor (Sebastián Arzeno), but business is poor, with bargain-priced pirate cassettes comprising the bulk of their sales.

This tentative status quo is upset when Cecilia announces that she and her current partner want to start a new life in Paraguay — and take the kids with them. Gustavo is in no position to argue, but Amanda (Amanda Minujin) — the eldest sibling, and at nine years old already accustomed to taking on adult responsibilities — is determined to stay with her father in Buenos Aires. – TIFF

Before The Good Intentions, we’ll be screening the short Cousins, which was the Jury Prize runner up in Nitehawk Shorts Fest 2022:
Mandy Marcus / U.S. / 2021 / 13 min
A Brooklyn teenager reunites with her Guyanese cousin for the funeral of a relative. On the last day of the wake the girls venture out into the city alone.