THE INTERNATIONAL SIGN FOR CHOKING

by Zach Weintraub
THE INTERNATIONAL SIGN FOR CHOKING

Informations

Nation: USA

Year: 2012

Length: 80'

30° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

Josh is back in Buenos Aires for the second time. Even though the reason for this trip is a rather vague photography project, the young man spends his time trying to contact his ex-girlfriend, with whom he has completely lost touch. Since his attempts are fruitless, he begins behaving in an increasingly alienated and frustrated way; he gets into a relationship with Anna, another American who is living in the same apartment, and with Roger, a local musician. 

Director

Zach Weintraub

Zach  Weintraub

Zach Weintraub (1987) was born and raised in California. He studied directing at New York University and then returned home to shoot Bummer Summer, his 2010 debut feature film, which he made on a shoestring budget. He and Nandan Rao, his frequent collaborator, are the founders of the production company Newhard Entertainment.

Filmography:
Bummer Summer (2010), The International Sign for Choking (2012).

Cast and Credits

regia, sceneggiatura/director, screenplay Zach Weintraub
fotografia/cinematography Nandan Rao
suono/sound Perry Robertson
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters Zach Weintraub (Josh), Sophia Takal (Anna), Roger Delahaye (Roger), Barbara Cameron (Barbara)
produttore/producer Bradley Smith
produzione/production Newhard Entertainment

Director statement

“In 2008, I spent five months living and studying in Buenos Aires, Argentina. During this time I became acquainted with and attracted to the city and the rhythm of day-to-day life therein. For me, the most interesting experimental aspect of making The International Sign for Choking was exploring how Argentine idiosyncrasies are transformed via the lens of a North American protagonist, and conversely, how this protagonist (a very distinctly North American young person) is transformed within an Argentine context.”

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Josh is back in Buenos Aires for the second time. Even though the reason for this trip is a rather vague photography project, the young man spends his time trying to contact his ex-girlfriend, with whom he has completely lost touch. Since his attempts are fruitless, he begins behaving in an increasingly alienated and frustrated way; he gets into a relationship with Anna, another American who is living in the same apartment, and with Roger, a local musician. 

Director All about direction

Zach Weintraub

Zach  Weintraub

Zach Weintraub (1987) was born and raised in California. He studied directing at New York University and then returned home to shoot Bummer Summer, his 2010 debut feature film, which he made on a shoestring budget. He and Nandan Rao, his frequent collaborator, are the founders of the production company Newhard Entertainment.

Filmography:
Bummer Summer (2010), The International Sign for Choking (2012).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia, sceneggiatura/director, screenplay Zach Weintraub
fotografia/cinematography Nandan Rao
suono/sound Perry Robertson
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters Zach Weintraub (Josh), Sophia Takal (Anna), Roger Delahaye (Roger), Barbara Cameron (Barbara)
produttore/producer Bradley Smith
produzione/production Newhard Entertainment

Director statement Read more

“In 2008, I spent five months living and studying in Buenos Aires, Argentina. During this time I became acquainted with and attracted to the city and the rhythm of day-to-day life therein. For me, the most interesting experimental aspect of making The International Sign for Choking was exploring how Argentine idiosyncrasies are transformed via the lens of a North American protagonist, and conversely, how this protagonist (a very distinctly North American young person) is transformed within an Argentine context.”