Directed by Juan Martín Hsu
LA SALADA is a patchwork depicting the experience of new immigrants in Argentina told through three stories that take place in La Salada, the largest informal market in Argentina. A group of characters from different ethnic origins struggle against loneliness and uprooting. The first story explores the dynamic between a Korean father, Mr. Kim, and his daughter, Yun-jin. Both very traditional and conservative individuals, they are in the midst of preparing for Yu-jin’s arranged marriage; however, she is unsure of whether or not she really wants it. The second story introduces a young Bolivian man named Bruno who comes to Argentina seeking a job and the chance to settle down. Searching for guidance, he meets a Taiwanese man who sells illegal DVDs, lives alone, and whose family lives in Taiwan. In his own tale, the Taiwanese man looks for a girlfriend to share his lonely nights with.
The film interestingly ties the characters together through their struggles and cultural differences as find others with whom they can relate to through exploring the complicated rules of business, the desire for home, the uncertainty of relationships, and taking new risks. The cinematography of LA SALADA uses melancholic tones to create a space that is neither perceived as foreign country or familiar. Immersed into different kinds of unsettling feelings, the audience experiences the emotional rollercoaster together with the characters they meet on-screen. Through captivating stories and everyday experiences, the compelling characters express what its like to feels as though they do not belong.
Co-presented by: Loving Day
Co-sponsored by: AARP.
Born in 1979 in Buenos Aires, Juan Martin Hsu majored in Image and Sound Design at the University of Buenos Aires. He worked in documentary films and advertising. He was also editor of several documentary series. He directed many short features as the award-winning ROPA SUCIA (2006) and was part of the Buenos Aires Talent Campus in 2011. LA SALADA is his first feature.