THE OTHER NAME

EL OTRO NOMBRE

By Natural ARPAJOU

AJIMOLIDO FILMS SRL - as PROD

First film - Pre-Production 2016

She wants to have a normal life, a regular name, one she does not need to explain every time she introduces herself: her name is Armonía, she is 30 years old and she has just found out that her biological father is not who they have told her all her life.

Festivals
& Awards

Festival Internacional Del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano La Habana Cuba 2009
Special Mention
BAFICI (Buenos Aires) 2009
Produire Au Sud (Script Workshop)
Proa Cine (Proa Fundation) 2009
Special Mention
Amiens IFF 2010
Script Workshop
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • First film, Drama
    • Countries
    • ARGENTINA
    • Languages
    • SPANISH
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Natural ARPAJOU
    • Writer(s)
    • Natural ARPAJOU
    • Producer(s)
    • Alejandro ISRAEL (AJIMOLIDO FILMS SRL)
    • Synopsis
    • Three days after finding out the truth, Armonía goes to meet Riki, her biological father, despite the fact that Julia, her mother, denies even knowing of his existence.
      Riki lives in a small, lonely seaside town. Off season, the place is cold and sad. Surrounded by closed and faded parks and through windy and deserted beaches, Armonía travels through her past with no apparent chronological order. A word or a sound suffice to go back to the past when form a very young age, Armonía feels in some way that something is not right in her family. She never calls her people who raised her "mom” and “dad”, she calls them Pablo and Julia, she doesn’t really know why but she usually says they are not her real parents.
      When she is 6 years old, she invents a device to contact her real parents who, according to her, are Martians and live somewhere in the stars.
      Armonía remembers her childhood: her parents in different places, living in communities, surrounded by sex, drugs and rock & roll.
      They move to the city, where Armonía is desperate to fit in, but she does not achieve this because her mother makes her a vegetarian, she does not let her have a TV, or a Barbie doll, or any other thing that would bring her close to people her age.
      When Armonía she was 8, they move to El Bolsón, to a hippie stronghold in Patagonia and life seems to get better. For some time Armonía is happy; climbing trees to pick up fresh fruit, bathing in rivers and lakes with ice water and her parents are enthusiastic for building their own homes and setting huge vegetable gardens.
      Soon, her parents’ excessiveness and the secret of her identity, incessantly haunting as a ghost, make every-day life unbearable; fights constantly follow one another and Armonía gets caught in the middle of crossfire and she survives as she can, taking up the role of the mother more than that of the child.
      Armonía grows up with no direction. When she is 16, she decides to abandon her town and move to Buenos Ares City; however, she does not manage to adapt there, the feeling that something is missing to her still haunting her.
      She travels to Brazil, to visit some old partners in crime of her parents. By accident, someone tells her that her father is not her father and Armonía follows her father’s track to find him. Once facing Riki, she tries to put together the pieces of the map of her life. But the man offers a confusing explanation of the facts. Julia denies what he says and Pablo feels hurt.
      Armonía cannot find out the exact truth, but the journey through her past brings her to peace with her present.
    • Partners & financing
    • INCAA (National Institute of Cinema)
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Feb 06, 2017
    • End of shooting
    • Mar 10, 2017
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