Anita

 

Film Info

Country Argentina
Language Spanish
Year of Release 2011
Running Time 104 minutes

Crew

Director Marcos Carnevale
Writer Marcos Carnevale
Writer Marcela Guerty
Writer Lily Ann Martin
Producer Marcos Carnevale
Executive Producer Jorge Gundín

Cast

Anita Alejandra Manzo
Dora Norma Aleandro
Felix Luis Luque
Nori Leonor Manso
Ariel Peto Menahem

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Synopsis

Anita is the story of a young woman with Down syndrome (Alejandra Manzo) who lives a happy, routine life in Buenos Aires, being meticulously cared for by her mother Dora (Academy Award nominee Norma Aleandro). One tragic morning in 1994, everything changes when Anita is left alone, confused and helpless after the nearby Argentine Israelite Mutual Association is bombed (the deadliest bombing in Argentina's history). As Anita wanders through the city, she learns not only to care for herself, but touches the lives of those around her, from an alcoholic to a family of Asian immigrants.

Anita is the latest from renowned filmmaker Marcos Carnevale, director of "Elsa and Fred". The film stars Academy Award nominated actress Norma Aleandro (called the "Meryl Streep" of Argentina), Peto Menahem, Luis Luque, Leonor Manso (who was named Best Supporting Actress at the 2009 Argentine Academy Awards for her performance), and introduces Alejandra Manzo as Anita!

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Commemorate the Anniversary of Argentina's 1994 AMIA Bombing with "Anita"

July 18th marks the anniversary of the bombing of the Association Mutual Israelite Argentina (AMIA - the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina). This act is considered one of the most tragic anti-Semitic acts since World War II, where 85 civilians perished and over 300 were injured.

Acclaimed Argentine filmmaker Marcos Carnevale has crafted a film which reckons with these horrific events. Rather than trying to explain this national tragedy by dissecting the events themselves, Carnevale sought to tell this story through the purest of souls: a young Jewish woman with Down syndrome named Anita.

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"Anita" and "Human Failure" Now Available on DVD

Menemsha Films is proud to announce our latest films to be released on DVD, available in stores Tuesday, May 1st!

Anita is a heart-warming film from renowned filmmaker Marcos Carnevale (director of Elsa and Fred). The film stars Academy Award nominated actress Norma Aleandro (called the "Meryl Streep" of Argentina), and introduces Alejandra Manzo as Anita, a young woman with Down syndrome who must learn to survive in Buenos Aires after being separated from her mother following the 1994 AMIA terrorist bombing. This inspirational film has captured the hearts of US audiences, having won 10 awards from film festivals across the country.

Learn more about Anita.

 

Human Failure is a powerful, award-winning documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Michael Verhoeven (director of "The White Rose" and "The Nasty Girl"). The expropriation of assets from German Jews during the Third Reich benefited virtually every German citizen, and many of the documents proving this expropriation were lost or destroyed; the ones that remained were hidden away. Using first-hand accounts, Human Failure goes on a search to unearth evidence documenting once of the greatest robberies in human history.

Learn more about Human Failure.

Both titles are available to purchase now in the Menemsha Store!

"Anita" - Now Playing in Boston

Anita is a heart-warming film from renowned filmmaker Marcos Carnevale, director of Elsa and Fred. The film stars Academy Award nominated actress Norma Aleandro (called the "Meryl Streep" of Argentina), Peto Menahem, Luis Luque, Leonor Manso (who was named Best Supporting Actress at the 2009 Argentine Academy Awards for her performance), and introduces Alejandra Manzo as Anita! This inspriational film has captured the hearts of US audiences, having won 10 Audience Awards from film festivals across the country.

Anita opens Friday, April 20th at the West Newton Cinema in West Newton, MA!

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Reviews

The Boston Globe

"Astounding... an unsentimental portrait of one lost soul among the city’s outcasts. It offers a portrait of Anita as a real human being, without falling into pathos or easy sentiment."

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The Jewish Advocate

"A remarkable performance... If you’re not smiling through tears at the end, then check to see if you have a pulse."

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Jewish Review of Books

"Anita may be marketed in the United States as a heartwarming, even feel-good movie—and (Alejandra) Manzo’s expressive face of trusting frailty will bring most viewers to tears at one point or another—but it is also a careful meditation on the nature of helplessness, trust, and love."

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Menemsha Films Store

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Poster $9.95

Videos

Watch the Trailer
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Awards

Best Actress - Alejandra Manzo
Providence Latin American Film Festival 2011

Audience Choice Award
Lenore Marwil Detroit Jewish Film Festival 2011

Audience Choice Award
Chicago Latino Film Festival 2011

Directors' Choice Award
Best Story of Inspiration
Sedona International Film Festival 2011

Jury Prize - Best International Film
Sonoma International Film Festival 2011

Audience Award - Best Narrative Feature
Wisconsin Film Festival 2011

Audience Award - Best Narrative Feature
Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival 2010

Audience Award
Jewish Film Festival of Dallas 2010

Audience Award - Best Narrative Film
Pittsburgh Jewish Israeli Film Festival 2010

Audience Choice Award - Best Feature
Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival 2009

Best Supporting Actress - Leonor Manso
AMPAS of Argentina Awards 2009

Additional info

Officially Endorsed by the National Down Syndrome Congress.

Watch this inspirational Q&A with Alejandra Manzo, the star of Anita, from the 2010 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival!

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