Masterfully edited from nearly 200 hours of footage, PAPIROSEN represents a decade of filmmaking, and four generations of Argentine director Gastón Solnicki's family history, culled from 8mm home videos, a VHS bar mitzvah, and original observational material. His father, Victor, emerges as the lead figure, but Solnicki highlights the entire clan. Beginning with the birth of his nephew, Mateo, and punctuated throughout by interviews with his grandmother, Pola, a Holocaust survivor, the film's scope is simultaneously epic and intimate. PAPIROSEN is a meditation on family, history, the importance of storytelling, and the power of cinema itself.
- "A sparking, gossipy soap opera that’s riddled with emotion and stuffed with strong characters."
- "An impressive contribution to Jewish cinema."
- "A unique work of historiography, equivocally concerned with the wages of the past and the vicissitudes of the present."
Awards & Recognition
New York Jewish Film Festival
Rotterdam Int'l Film Festival
Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival
Edinburgh Int'l Film Festival
Jerusalem Int'l Film Festival
Locarno Int'l Film Festival
Vancouver Int'l Film Festival
Thessaloniki Int'l Film Festival
Prinzen Int'l Film Festival
Jeonju Int'l Film Festival
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival