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Fri 8 Oct 2010
MicMacs
(Mic Macs - A Tire L'Arigot)


Fri 22 Oct 2010
His and Hers


Fri 5 Nov 2010
Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The
(Män som hatar kvinnor)


Fri 19 Nov 2010
Last Night As I Lay Dreaming
(A tribute to Robbie McMahon of SpancilHill)


Fri 3 Dec 2010
Machan


Fri 17 Dec 2010
The Snowman


Raising Victor Vargas

2003 - Peter Sollett - 88 - U.S.A

Fri 19 Nov 2004 at 8.30pm
Astor Cinema, Scariff

Midnight Court Rating: 4.8 (8 votes)

Storyline: Manhattan's gritty, majestic Lower East Side is the sweltering romantic playground for Victor Vargas (Victor Rasuk, a self-styled teenaged Casanova who, despite his adolescent hubris, has a lot to learn about love. Eager to protect his street-cred after his friends discover he's been sleeping with upstairs neighbour 'Fat Donna' (Donna Maldonado), Victor sets out to nab a new girl. Much to her annoyance, popular 'Juicy Judy' Ramirez (Judy Marte) finds herself the object of Victor's relentless attention. After a humiliating series of public rejections, Victor strikes a bargain with Judy's younger brother Carlos (Wilfree Vasquez). In exchange for a date with Victor's younger sister, Vicky, Carlos will help Victor win Judy's affections. His plan proves successful and Judy agrees to tolerate him as 'her new man,' securing Victor's place high atop the neighbourhood's social pecking order. Unfortunately, his hilariously cantankerous old-school grandmother (Altagracia Guzman), with whom he and his siblings live, is convinced that Victor's teen-age sexual antics make him a bad kid. Caught between regaining his grandmother's trust and helping his kid brother and sister negotiate the oft-baffling ways of the world, Victor discover that there's a difference between acting like a man and becoming one. As he and Judy slowly start to trust and be trusted, Victor learns that a lot of love has been put into raising Victor Vargas.

Peter Sollett's feature debut is a stunning piece of filmmaking that carefully explores the stumbling blocks of growing up, capturing adolescence at its most tender, funny and genuine. His script was developed through the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, a prestigious program which offers emerging artists the opportunity to work intensively on their feature film scripts with the support of established screenwriters. Sollett also extensively workshopped the film with the support of La Cinéfondation in Paris.

“Sexy and cool in all the right ways.” - Dazed and Confuzed

“One of the most charming and honest films in the country just now.” - The Guardian

“A delight, fresh, funny and utterly genuine.” - Time Out

Winner - Dauville Film Festival 2002
Winner - San Sebastian Film Festival 2002



Genre: Drama

Verdicts from the Midnight Court

Previous Screenings

Fri 10 Jun 2005
Hero


Fri 3 Jun 2005
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster


Fri 27 May 2005
Since Otar Left


Fri 20 May 2005
Old Boy


Fri 13 May 2005
The Motorcycle Diaries


Fri 6 May 2005
The Return


Fri 29 Apr 2005
Valentin


Fri 22 Apr 2005
Uzak
(Distant)


Fri 15 Apr 2005
American Splendor


Sat 9 Apr 2005
Ae Fond Kiss


Sat 12 Mar 2005
EXTRA The Story of the Weeping Camel


Fri 11 Mar 2005
The Story of the Weeping Camel


Fri 25 Feb 2005
Fahrenheit 9/11


Fri 11 Feb 2005
Bad Education


Fri 28 Jan 2005
The Station Agent


Thu 13 Jan 2005
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring


Fri 10 Dec 2004
Lost In Translation


Fri 3 Dec 2004
Wilbur
(Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself)


Fri 26 Nov 2004
Respiro


Fri 19 Nov 2004
Raising Victor Vargas


Fri 12 Nov 2004
Far From Heaven


Fri 5 Nov 2004
Together With You


Fri 29 Oct 2004
Capturing The Friedmans


Fri 22 Oct 2004
Goodbye Lenin


Fri 15 Oct 2004
Mother, The


Fri 8 Oct 2004
Spellbound


Fri 1 Oct 2004
Death In Venice
(Morte a Venezia)


Fri 24 Sep 2004
Noi Albinoi


Fri 17 Sep 2004
Barbarian Invasions
(Les Invasions Barbares)


Fri 10 Sep 2004
Amandla ! A revolution in 4 part harmony


Fri 12 Dec 2003
City Of God (2)


Fri 28 Nov 2003
8 Women


Fri 14 Nov 2003
Nine Queens


Sat 1 Nov 2003
Documentary festival


Fri 17 Oct 2003
Divine Intervention


Fri 3 Oct 2003
Talk To Her


Fri 19 Sep 2003
Italian For Beginners


Fri 4 Apr 2003
No Mans Land


Fri 21 Mar 2003
Sex and Lucia
(Lucia Y El Sexo)


Fri 7 Mar 2003
Divided We Fall


Fri 7 Feb 2003
The Closet
(Le Placard)


Fri 24 Jan 2003
Salaam Bombay


Fri 10 Jan 2003
Y Tu Mama Tambien
(And Your Mother Too)


Fri 13 Dec 2002
Lagaan, Once Upon A Time In India


Fri 29 Nov 2002
George Washington


Fri 15 Nov 2002
The Taste of Others
(Le Goût Des Autres)


Fri 1 Nov 2002
The Devil's Backbone
(El Espinazo del Diablo)


Fri 18 Oct 2002
The Princess and The Warrior


Fri 4 Oct 2002
Aimée et Jaguar


Fri 20 Sep 2002
Kolya


Fri 6 Sep 2002
Monsoon Wedding


Wed 29 May 2002
Puckoon


Fri 22 Mar 2002
Amelie


Fri 8 Mar 2002
Tears of the Black Tiger


Fri 22 Feb 2002
Matador


Fri 25 Jan 2002
The Dish


Fri 18 Jan 2002
Together


Thu 16 Dec 1999
Antonia’s Line


Thu 9 Dec 1999
Feng Yue
(Temptress Moon)


Thu 25 Nov 1999
Life is Beautiful


Thu 11 Nov 1999
The Sweet Hereafter


Thu 28 Oct 1999
Short Cuts


Thu 14 Oct 1999
Delicatessen