Seattle International Film Festival 2003 : May 22nd - June 15th
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Valentin (2002)
Argentina, Netherlands, Spain
86 minutes
US Premiere

Set in Buenos Aires in the ‘60s, as the first stirrings of rock music and mod styles make evident the ways in which old traditions are being swept aside by a new generation, a young boy lives with his eccentric grandmother (Carmen Maura) after the bitter separation of his parents. Young Valentin has only one thing he longs for more than his dream of being an astronaut: the opportunity to see his mother, who has been unaccountably absent ever since his parents parted ways. Valentin’s world undergoes an unexpected change when his father brings a new woman to meet him - the latest in a long line of girlfriends who his father inevitably introduces as his potential new stepmother. As the young boy opens up to this free-spirited beauty, his life begins to change in sweetly unanticipated ways. A deliciously precarious balance of absurd humor and rich emotional drama combine to make “Valentin” a classic story of a young boy’s coming of age.

Alejandro Agresti

Carmen Maura
Rodrigo Noya
Julieta Cardinali
Jean-Pierre Noher

5/22 7:30 pm
Paramount Theatre