By Santiago GIRALT, Tamae GARATEGUY, Camila TOKER


Female director - Completed 2021

How to keep making movies in pandemic times?

& Awards

BAFICI (Buenos Aires) 2021
Argentinean Competition
    • Year of production
    • 2021
    • Genres
    • Female director, LGBT, Comedy
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 164 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Santiago GIRALT, Tamae GARATEGUY, Camila TOKER
    • Writer(s)
    • Santiago GIRALT, Camila TOKER, Tamae GARATEGUY
    • Producer(s)
    • Federico CAROL (Los Griegos Media), Santiago GIRALT (Los Griegos Media), Tamae GARATEGUY (upaFilms), Camila TOKER (upaFilms)
    • Synopsis
    • The universe of Argentine independent cinema. The imposture. The unfulfilled dreams. Confinement—the capability for irony, the skill for comedy and the sagacity of UPA! Una película argentina (2007) are back, renovated, to explore the whims of a microworld still in turmoil.
      The UPA! gang is back, with isolation and new ways of malevolence and insolence, but also—less in the background than up front, if you take a good look at the whole deal—of true love for the craft. This twin sister perseveres opportunely in its unique flair for capturing the way of talking of its own world, a small private fiction in which independent cinema ruminates on its misfortune, its instability and its claudications while it gives arm-strokes in the current to stay afloat—without contemplations, but animated by a feeling of secret mercy that breathes with insistence be- tween one scene and the other. The directors are now more experienced, but they’re also wiser, and assume the com- promise of exposing everything with a kamikaze smile.

      upa! is a saga about the "cuisine" of Argentine independent cinema. (Upa!) Is a film made in isolation and pandemic in two parts.
      How to keep making movies in pandemic times?
      Ailén, Fernando and Nina prepare a trip to Los Angeles to sell their new project. The appearance of COVID-19 paralyzes their plans and forces them to reinvent themselves in isolation: while they continue to search for how to make their North American project, Ailén convinces Nina and Fernando to make a horror movie in the middle of a pandemic.