Hasta Nunca follows Mario Ligetti, a middle aged hipster DJ who produces an underground radio show in Montevideo, Uruguay. On his show “Secrets and Stories”, he invites listeners to share their intimate thoughts with him and a live radio audience. Mario re-negotiates his public and private personas during the course of the film and enters into an extramarital affair with Julia, a divorcee searching for a new artistic spark.
In this international production (USA, Uruguay), wach call in to the show was written and performed by local actors. Topics addressed in telephone conversations” lingering effects of the military dictatorship of Uruguay, the difficulty of obtaining an illegal abortion, and varied identity issues. Ligetti’s show is a modern rollicking “Miss Lonelyhearts”, with its host increasingly suffocated by the persona predicaments of his listeners.
Shot in cinéma vérité style, Hasta Nunca reveals Montevideo as a strong background character in the film’s visual landscape. Callers’ voices on the radio provide an acoustic counterpoint for an observational investigation of this ramshackle port city which retains the architectural vestiges of its colonial past.
Preceded by short film Mirano de Lejos, Como Desde Una Colina
Super8 B/W short film
With Enrique Guevara
Directed by Uzi Sabah FantasmaBionico