EL CUENTO DE LAS COMADREJAS / THE WEASELS’ TALE (2019)
Juan José Campanella
Winner of the Audience Award at the Habana Film Festival and one of the biggest box office hits of the year, the newest crowdpleaser from Oscar-award winning director Juan José Campanelles, EL CUENTO DE LAS COMADREJAS (THE WEASELS’ TALE) is a biting comedy about a group of eccentric film veterans from Argentina’s Golden Age of cinema— a beautiful starlet, an actor in the twilight of his life, a witty screenwriter, and a cunning director— who live together in a mansion. Their unusual life is turned upside down when the house becomes the target of young real estate developers, forcing the elderly inhabitants to come together and conspire to drive the couple away and keep their home. The resulting intergenerational battle of traditional movie star vs. entrepreneurial whiz kid is one for the ages.
EL CUENTO DE LAS COMADREJAS
Juan José Campanella is an Argentine television and film director, writer, and producer. After studying engineering for four years in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he dropped out of university in order to pursue film. He made his directorial debut in 1979 with the short film “Prioridad nacional” (National Priority), after which he traveled to the United States and enrolled in New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1980. Campanella has directed American films and TV shows, including Love Walked In in 1997, and episodes from House, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and 30 Rock. In 2009 he directed the mystery film “El secreto de sus ojos” (The Secret in Their Eyes), which went on to win the Academy Award for Best International Film, formerly known as Best Foreign Language Film, in 2010.