Waiting for the Messiah
Waiting for the Messiah (Spanish: Esperando al mesías) is a 2000 Argentine, Spanish, and Italian comedy drama film directed by Daniel Burman. The film features Daniel Hendler, Enrique Piñeyro, Héctor Alterio, Melina Petriella, Stefania Sandrelli, Imanol Arias and Dolores Fonzi, among others.
|Waiting for the Messiah|
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|Directed by||Daniel Burman|
|Edited by||Verónica Chen|
The picture tells of Ariel (Daniel Hendler), a post-production video editor, a young man who is torn between his devotion to traditional family ties and the desire for something different, and, of Santamaria (Enrique Piñeyro) an older bank employee who suddenly finds his life in complete turmoil.
Santamaria is unexpectedly fired from his bank job due to the world's stock market shocks. His wife takes this event as an opportunity to get rid of him and put him out on the street. Forced to make a small living returning stolen wallets, Santamaria finds some hope in Elsa, a bathroom attendant (Stefania Sandrelli) who is waiting for her husband to be released from prison.
Ariel is very much against the restraints of a future that will see him take over his elderly father's (Héctor Alterio) restaurant and marry an Argentine Jewish girl (Melina Petriella). At the same time, Ariel is also attracted to a sexy co-worker, Laura (Chiara Caselli), who tells him she's a lesbian.
- Daniel Hendler as Ariel Goldstein
- Enrique Piñeyro as Santamaría
- Héctor Alterio as Simón
- Melina Petriella as Estela
- Stefania Sandrelli as Elsa
- Chiara Caselli as Laura
- Gabriela Acher as Sara
- Imanol Arias as Baltasar
- Dolores Fonzi as Any
- Edda Bustamante as Mujer trampa
- Tajma Minoru as Oriental
- Juan José Flores Quispe as Ramón
- Eduardo Wigutow as Moshé Levin
- Beatriz Thibaudin as Anciana
- Sandra Sandrelli as Santa
- Dan Adaszko as Albino 1
- Ariel Adaszko as Albino 2
The title alludes to the Jewish belief of "waiting for the Messiah"; in this case, characters are shown at first to be inactive and dormant, until death and crisis forces them to take action and reevaluate their lives.
The film opened wide in Argentina on May 25, 2000.
- Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain: Critics Association Award; FIPRESCI Prize: For an honest, both realistic and symbolic depiction of human hopes in Buenos Aires today; 2000.
- Havana Film Festival: Grand Coral Third Prize; Cuba; 2000.
- Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema: Special Award to Enrique Piñeyro for his Acting Performance; Argentina; 2000.
- Biarritz Film Festival: Audience Award; France; 2000.
- Argentine Film Critics Association Awards: Silver Condor; Best Music, César Lerner and Marcelo Moguilevsky; 2001.
- Lleida Latin-American Film Festival: Best Film; Daniel Burman; 2001.
- Bratislava International Film Festival: Grand Prix, Daniel Burman; 2000.
- Thessaloniki Film Festival: Golden Alexander, Daniel Burman; 2000.
- Valladolid International Film Festival: Golden Spike, Daniel Burman; 2000.
- Argentine Film Critics Association Awards: Silver Condor, Best Director, Daniel Burman; Best Film; Best New Actor, Daniel Hendler; Best New Actress, Melina Petriella; Best Original Screenplay, Daniel Burman and Emiliano Torres; Best Supporting Actress, Stefania Sandrelli; 2001.