Again this year, Starz Denver Film Festival artistic director Brit Withey is offering his must-see picks for each day of the fest -- including many flicks that movie lovers might otherwise miss amid the flood of silver-screen goodies.
Today, he spotlights El Critico.
El Critico Directed by Hernán Guerschuny Thursday, November 13, 6:45 p.m. Friday, November 14, 4 p.m. Sunday, November 16, 4:15 p.m. SDFF Sie FilmCenter
"El Critico is from Argentina," Withey says. "It's about a really unhappy, cranky film critic. He hates every film and he's pretty unhappy about his life in general. It's not just that he dislikes films, although there's that. He's unhappy about everything. It's not that he lacks imagination, though. He wishes his life was like a classic film noir."
But then, the critic's life takes an unexpected turn.
"He's looking for an apartment one day," Withey continues, "and he runs into a woman and is just struck dead by her beauty and falls in love -- and that changes everything for him, reluctantly. He's not asking for this, not looking for this, so the relationship causes a lot of upheaval in his life."
That turns out to be the case professionally as well as personally. As Withey points out, "he sees films differently, which he really doesn't want. He starts liking them. He finds himself running in the rain, becoming a cliché. It's a really fun little film."
Below, see a trailer for El Critico. To access all the film festival's selections and purchase tickets, click here -- and be sure be to visit our Show and Tell blog each day during the fest for more of Brit's picks.
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