Cinema Tropical and Ruda Cine are proud to announce the U.S. theatrical premiere of Two Shots Fired / Dos disparos (pictured), the much-anticipated feature film by Argentinean director Martín Rejtman. The film will open for an exclusive one-week run at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City on Wednesday, May 13, with engagements in other U.S. cities to be announced.
Concurrent to the film’s New York theatrical run, the Film Society of Lincoln Center will present a complete retrospective of the work of Martín Rejtman, a founding figure of the new Argentine cinema. The retrospective will present the films Rapado (1992), Silvia Prieto (1999), The Magic Gloves / Los guantes mágicos (2003), Copacabana (2006), Elementary Training for Actors / Entrenamiento elemental para actores (co-directed with Federico León, 2009), and the short film Doli Goes Home / Doli vuelve a casa (1986).
An official selection of the Locarno, Toronto, New York and Rotterdam film festivals, Two Shots Fired –the first feature in a decade by Rejtman– is an engrossing, digressive comedy with the weight of an existentialist novel. The Argentinean film was hailed as “a rare and wonderful gem of world cinema" by the New York Times’ A.O. Scott, who also called the film "the sleeper” of the 2014 New York Film Festival.
Sixteen-year-old Mariano (Rafael Federman), inexplicably and without warning, shoots himself twice—once in the stomach and once in the head—and improbably survives. As his family strains to protect Mariano from himself, his elder brother (Benjamín Coehlo) pursues a romance with a disaffected girl (Laura Paredes) who works the counter at a fast-food restaurant, his mother (Susana Pampín) impulsively takes off on a trip with a stranger, and Mariano recruits a young woman (Manuela Martelli) to join his medieval wind ensemble.
Rejtman tells this story with both compassion and formal daring, pursuing one thread only to abandon it for another. Two Shots Fired is a wry, moving, consistently surprising film about the irrationality of emotions and how they govern our actions at each stage of our lives.
Carlos A. Gutiérrez, Cinema Tropical’s co-founder and executive director, commented: “We are thrilled to partner with Buenos Aires–based Ruda Cine in the U.S. theatrical release of Martín Rejtman’s new film. At Cinema Tropical we’ve been longtime fans and supporters of his work. The very first event that our organization presented was a special screening of Silvia Prieto with the attendance of the director, and we’re honored to have theatrically released both Silvia Prieto and The Magic Gloves. Without any doubts, Rejtman is a major and influential figure of recent Latin American cinema.”