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Argentina: Up Next! – Mateo Bendesky

Director of Cannes Cinefondation short ‘The Magnetic Nature,’ now prepping ‘Limbo’

MAR DEL PLATA — Possible sci-fi – a man sits at a desk talking to a camera explaining that the key to healthy life is Magnetic Fluid as first explained by the Great Accountant – then potential psycho-drama, “El ser magnetico” (The Magnetic Nature) winds up as a compassionate if comedic portrait of two siblings who have stayed true to their father’s legacy, a cult, however bonkers it might be. But one, Aldo, now 55, who most probably wants out of a rather humdrum life in a drab apartment, but doesn’t know how to tell his older brother.

“It’s a mixture of a psychological drama and very dry comedy,” said Bendesky.

Modulated, ironic, “Magnetic Nature” tips its hat to Argentina’s great tradition of fantasy fiction – think Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortazar, “They’re huge, Bendesky says” while wielding a sense of genre and is good at suggesting not telling. Was the father really an accountant who also wanted out and invented a cult to do so?

“Magnetic Nature” played Cannes Cinefondation competition, made Toronto’s ShortCuts.

Having shot low-budget feature, “In Here,” which played Bafici competition, Bendesky is now preparing what he sees as his real feature debut, “Limbo,” about two teen brothers, 16 and 18, left in charge for four days of their dead mother’s beach-house. “It’s about loss, but not just mourning for the mother, but the end of teenage years, self discovery. portrayed as a rather confused time.

“It’s comedic if melancholy. I like to play with the idea of it being a silent musical,” Bendesky said. Set up at Buenos Aires-based Un Puma, “Limbo” will be “rather physical,” Bendesky anticipated.

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