Cork Cine Club presents WHITE ELEPHANT (Elephante Blanco – Argentina), Thursday 14 November at 8pm
‘thrills from start to finish‘ – The Guardian
The challenge of retaining faith and hope in the face of poverty, suffering and injustice is at the core of this brilliant film from Argentinian director Pablo Trapero. Two dedicated priests try, and often fail, to make a difference in a grim Buenos Aires shanty town surrounding the massive empty shell of an unfinished hospital – a monument to failed good intentions.
Ricardo Darín, South America’s great screen icon, exudes troubled decency as the embattled priest caught between church officialdom and his hardscrabble flock, while the arrival of Jérémie Renier’s big-hearted but impetuous Belgian missionary only escalates the temperature of the neighbourhood drug war.
Examining the gnarly realities of compassion, the film is resolutely fair-minded towards the local residents who took part in its production, and adamantly rejects easy answers in pondering the puzzle of making a difference.
Features a spare and brooding score by acclaimed British composer, Michael Nyman.
Director: Pablo Trapero . Argentina, 2012. 110 minutes. Cert: 15A. Language: Spanish
Cork Cine Club presents the best of independent world cinema in St. John’s College, Sawmill Street, Cork City on Thursday nights at 8pm. Our current season runs from 26 September – 5 December (no film on 31 October). Tickets, €8.50/€7, are sold at the door. www.corkcineclub.com
Cork Cine Club is a volunteer-run organisation founded in 2010. Our mission is to give local audiences the chance to see a range of world cinema not usually available on commercial cinema screens.
Cork Cine Club is supported by access>CINEMA, a resource organization for regional cultural cinema, and by The Arts Council of Ireland.