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"Sea sadness" A portrait of Buenos Aires nostalgia.

Jacob, an 84 year old Jewish merchant living in the dreary end of La Boca neighbourhood in Buenos Aires, is dedicated to buying and selling all sorts of antique objects in his store.
The daily activities that take place in this space crammed with aged and dusty objects are immersed in a nostalgic atmosphere which brings to mind a past that becomes more present than the present itself.

  • Rodrigo Demirjian
  • Rodrigo Demirjian
  • Rodrigo Demirjian
  • Jacobo Muhafra
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  • Gabriel Rosenthal
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    "Tristeza Marina" Un retrato de la nostalgia porteña.
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    50 minutes 1 second
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    July 22, 2017
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Director Biography - Rodrigo Demirjian

A multifaceted artist whose parents were pintors, Rodrigo Demirjian begins his career in 1990 in the music field in a self-taught way. Five years later, he buys his first camera, which allows him to get closer to the visual arts. He maintains these two disciplines until 2001, when he decides to unite them, thus starting his research in the field of Experimental video. Later in 2008, he begins a cinematographic career as director, scriptwriter and producer.

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Director Statement

This Project starts up during my trip back to Buenos Aires after many years, with the aim of visiting my family due to my father´s illness.

At the beginning, it was my wish to roll a documentary about my father, artist and son of Armenian immigrants. However, after going back and observing how deteriorated those places of the past were, I changed my mind and dedicated myself to a different project. In order not to find myself so personally involved in the story, I decided to take distance from that deteriorated past.

Then, by chance, I met Jacob on Corrientes Avenue. He happened to be a Jewish immigrant trader, who belonged to my father’s generation and is a main character in Sea Sadness.

With time and distance, I became aware of the parallelism between what was happening in my family circle and what occurred in Jacob´s store.

With Sea Sadness, I intend to neither tell a story, nor carry out a didactic research on a specific topic. My actual objective is to transmit the environment and the idiosyncrasy of the characters and the society they live in, through their habits and behavior.

This essay-documentary, featuring some cultural tinges, reflects the nostalgia of a past society. The main characters seem to be unconsciously stuck in a distant and missed melancholic, apathetic and decadent past from which they do not want to escape.

To sum up, this documentary is based on the power of the past and how it absorbs the present time.