Whisky (image 1)

You know how the captain will go down with the boat when it’s not necessary? That was perhaps the thing that we really wanted to portray.

Juan Pablo Rebella

Screened as part of NZIFF 2005

Whisky 2004

Directed by Juan Pablo Rebella, Pablo Stoll

Connoisseurs of the deadpan and the droll are invited to check out the Uruguayan sock factory movie. “A pint-size pleasure.” — NY Times

Argentina / Germany / Uruguay In Spanish with English subtitles
94 minutes 35mm

Screenplay

Juan Pablo Rebella
,
Pablo Stoll
,
Gonzalo Delgado Galiana

Photography

Bárbara Álvarez

Editor

Fernando Epstein

Music

Pequena Orquesta Reincidentes

With

Andrés Pazos
,
Mirella Pascual
,
Jorge Bolani
,
Ana Katz

Festivals

Cannes (Un Certain Regard), Toronto, London 2004; Rotterdam 2005

Elsewhere

Connoisseurs of the deadpan and the droll are invited to check out the Uruguayan sock factory movie. Jacobo is a 60-year-old bachelor who runs such a factory in Montevideo. When his more successful brother Herman comes to visit, Jacobo enlists his faithful employee, Marta, to pose as his wife. The solemn comedy of Aki Kaurismäki is an obvious inspiration, but the young co-directors establish their own distinctive Uruguayan breed of inhibited individual.

“The film is a model of precision and economy, from the scrupulous framing and editing to the dryly note-perfect performances. With little outward effort, the actors convey the repressed emotions beneath Jacobo’s knee-jerk gruffness, Marta’s indulgent forbearance, and Herman’s banal bluster. Desires and anxieties bubble up in all three during the period of enforced proximity, but inertia proves the most powerful force of all.” — Dennis Lim, Village Voice