Written and Directed by Bernardo Britto
Starring: Wyatt Cenac, Camille Rutherford, James Benson, Martin Anderson
A filmmaker (Wyatt Cenac, “The Daily Show”) receives a series of panicked emails and phone calls from a young French woman — Jacqueline Dumont (Camille Rutherford, HOLY MOTORS). She implores him to travel to Argentina to document her self-imposed political exile after she supposedly leaks highly confidential government secrets detailing a planned assassination. Jacqueline expects a severe fallout and wants the filmmaker there recording everything in case anything happens to her. But as soon as the filmmaker and his two interns arrive at Jacqueline’s Argentine safe haven — a remote holistic center — they begin to think she might just be more interested in singing Britney Spears songs and hanging out with her new friend than helping the filmmakers unearth a huge government conspiracy. Nevertheless, they soldier on, desperately hoping they will somehow end up with some semblance of a worthwhile film. And maybe — just maybe — find a kernel of truth in Jacqueline’s paranoid ramblings.
The debut feature from fresh cinematic voice Bernardo Britto (2014 Sundance Jury Prize winner for the short film “Yearbook”), JACQUELINE (ARGENTINE) is an irreverent satire of the political documentary, playfully examining a filmmaker’s self-important motivations, as well as those of the Snowden-lite Jacqueline Dumont. Britto’s film never takes itself too seriously, highlighting all the absurdities of life as it ebbs and flows between comedy, documentary, thriller, and everything in-between. Cenac is Britto’s proxy in the film, telling Jacqueline’s story largely through the POV of his camera lens, his hilariously deadpan voiceover detailing all the goings-on; Rutherford breathes life into every scene as Jacqueline, in an enigmatic, star-making performance. The film premiered at Sundance in 2016 and will be released by Gunpowder & Sky on October 18th.