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The Pope's Toilet


Images courtesy of Film Movement
The Pope's Toilet
Reception at 6 PM Enrique Fernández and César Charlone, 2007
Fri, Jan 9, 2009 7 PM
"[An] alternately heartbreaking and hilarious satire."—Village Voice

This charming film is set during the papal fever that consumed the Uruguayan border town of Melo as speculation mounted that as many as 50,000 Brazilians would arrive for John Paul II's 1988 visit. The impoverished town looks for ways to use this occasion to boost its economy by setting up stalls selling chorizo and cakes. A resourceful smuggler comes up with a get-rich-quick scheme to build a washroom in front of his house that the impending crowds will be able to use for a small charge. Of course, as the tension mounts, anything that can go wrong does in this compelling portrait of a family and community trying to escape grinding poverty. (90 mins., 35mm)

Join us before the film for a reception hosted by Fronteras de la Noticia.