Monday, May 7, 2018 - 2:45pm
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Toia Bonino | 
Argentina |
 2017 | 
67 minutes

In a quaint, tidy apartment, a woman is preparing a child’s themed cake from scratch. In voice-over, she candidly talks about the fate of her son Alejandro “Ale” Robles. Ale became a gang member in the neighbourhood of Don Orione in Buenos Aires, only to be killed by a police bullet. Like the cake—lovingly built layer by layer—Orione is a compelling creation that unfolds in multiple chapters inverting the narrative of a typical crime story. Through deeply felt and intimate moments in Ale’s life, including a home video of happier times, and a personal letter from Ale to his mother, Orione becomes a family scrapbook and a memento mori of the most delicate and painful kind. These sweet bits of memory are offered in contrast to other, darker aspects that bubble to the surface, including a trip to a mortuary, grisly crime scene footage, and a young boy’s painful testimony about his father’s kidnapping. Orione weaves together disparate elements and narrative threads, to paint a disquieting portrait of Argentinean society spilling over with contradictions and irreconcilable truths. -JM


Toia Bonino

Toia Bonino was born in Buenos Aires in 1975. She holds a Degree in Visual Arts from IUNA and a Degree in Psychology from UBA. She graduated from Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes Manuel Belgrano and from Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes Prilidiano Pueyrredón. Her filmography has been part of the Experimental Cinema Exhibition ‘El Cine es Otra Cosa’ at MAMBA Museum, the exhibition ‘Hors Pistes’ in Centre Pompidou, France, and the Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de Mar del Plata. In 2011, she won the second place for the Nuevos Aportes award in the Salón Nacional, and In 2009, she got the first prize for Best Documentary Film, given by Página 12 in the Festival de La Mujer y el Cine, held in MALBA Museum.