The Delights (Las Delicias), dir. Eduardo Crespo, Argentina 2021, 65 min., Spanish with English subtitles
In the verdant Argentine countryside, the students of Las Delicias agrotechnical boarding school are coming of age. Eduardo Crespo’s fourth feature follows their day-to-day lives as they study, get into trouble and strive to live up to their teachers’ expectations of becoming ‘tomorrow’s society’. The pressures of adulthood may be on the horizon, but The Delights
is focused on celebrating young people and the communities they create while isolated from their families.
Charmingly ramshackle countryside settings and free-roaming animals lend the film a gentle aura as it loosely follows the boarders sharing their lives in communal spaces – playing video games, studying, listening to music. Crespo’s camera observes these young men as they care for a lost pigeon, grow tomatoes and stage inconsequential wheelbarrow-dragging contests, carefully painting an idyllic picture of youthful communality.
This UK premiere is followed by a Q&A with director Eduardo Crespo, hosted by Andrea Lissoni, Artistic Director at the Haus der Kunst in Munich.
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With support from Instituto Cervantes.