CINE.AR NEWS - Awarded for Best Picture at the Argentine Film Festival in Mar del Plata

March 10, 2010

TL-2: La felicidad es una leyenda urbana

Awarded for Best Picture at the Argentine Film Festival in Mar del Plata, it is the new movie by the enigmatic director Tetsuo Lumiére.


Awarded for Best Picture at the Argentine International Film Festival in Mar del Plata, TL-2: la felicidad es una leyenda urbana is the new movie by the enigmatic director Tetsuo Lumiére, also responsible for the acclaimed TL-1: Mi reino por un platillo volador (TL-1: My Kingdom for a Flying Saucer).


This second part of the saga shot by Lumiére retells the misadventures of a "self-taught and visionary" filmmaker, performed by the very same director and who has dreamed from an early age of making the best science fiction film ever.


In this spirit, the director filmed a few shorts starring dinosaurs, vampires and invaders from the center of the earth with pieces of the most precarious technology available, thus believing he would achieve fame and fortune. Unfortunately, this never happened. His films have gone unnoticed in the eyes of both critics and the general public.


But his ambition never stops. TL-2: la felicidad es una leyenda urbana portrays Lumière´s desperate search for a cast, a filmmaking team and, most importantly, a producer. Struggling to reach his goal, the character does not hesitate to lie to his girlfriend and friends.


From the structure of the mock documentary (with archival material, fragments of short films shot by the director and in-camera testimony), the film crosses the humor of the silent slapstick comedies of Buster Keaton and Charles Chaplin and the low-budget science fiction cinema of the American director Ed Wood. The film stars the very same Lumiére, Ana María Castel, Daniel Cler, Adrián Goldberger, Claudia Schijman, Ernesto Suazo, Diamela Viani, Natalia Santiago and Gabriel Chame.


Director, actor, screenwriter, producer and editor of his own films, in Lumiére, person and persona seem to merge. "I am ready to sell my soul to the devil to shoot my film of flying saucers but the devil won´t accept trinkets," said the filmmaker after the presentation of his work in Mar del Plata.


Lumiére agrees that there are some similarities between his character and the director Ed Wood. "Both are ready to do anything to get a producer to finance the film and in between there are funny things which are also very unfortunate and share that lack of perception about reality," he told the Mar del Plata´s newspaper La Capital.


The director admits his love for silent films. "I feel that watching those silent movies, comedies, documentaries, dramas, thrillers, you realize that not so many words are necessary to make people understand a good story and be moved. I would ban sound films, at least for a decade, or until George Melies comes to life again and shoots for the big studios, " he explains.


The TL initials heading the titles of his works do not mean the director´s name but the project “Todo Lumiére” ("All Lumiere"), which was launched to show the best short films by the enigmatic director. The first film, TL-1: Mi reino por un platillo volador (TL-1: My kingdom for a flying saucer), shot in 2004 and released in 2007, was nominated to a Cóndor de Plata Award for Best Videofilm. Lumiere is already planning the third and final part of the saga. The director anticipates that TL-3 will have a "happy ending", and will eventually find a produce

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