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About the Inititative

Comprehensive list of all titles in the Global Lens collection.

Global Lens 2006
Global Lens 2005

- Buffalo Boy
- Daughter of Keltoum
- Fuse
- Hollow City
- Kabala
- Lili's Apron
- Today and Tomorrow
- Uniform
- What's a Human Anyway?
- Whisky

Global Lens 2004/2003

 
 

Today and Tomorrow a film by Alejandro Chomski

Argentina, 2003 (87 minutes)

Synopsis

Paula (Antonella Costa), a 24-year-old aspiring actress in Buenos Aires, is trapped in an ever-present cycle of unpaid bills and debts. She must borrow money from her uncle to pay the gas bill before she goes to work as a waitress, where she is fired for spotty attendance. Then she goes to rehearsal of a play, where the director — once he learns of her financial straits — makes a proposal of money for sex. She turns him down.

Thinking she can always rely on her father for cash, she endures a lecture from him in his office, and when no money is forthcoming, she storms out. The rent, however, is 3 months overdue, and the landlord warns Paula she has two days to pay him.

Paula calls a friend who mentors her in a new way to make money — streetwalking. The two set out to get Paula's rent, and meet a variety of clients in quick succession.

Middle-aged Miguel (Carlos Lipsic) cheats her out of her money. But Raul (Manuel Navarro), a father of two from Madrid on a business trip, is more honest. After their intimate encounter at a seedy hotel, Paula has her rent money plus a little extra. She takes his business card and heads to a local discoth—que to celebrate with some friends. There she meets her on-and-off again boyfriend who has come back to Buenos Aires while on holiday from university. The two order drinks and head to the restroom for a drug fix, but they're discovered by a thug pretending to be a cop. Fooling the two, the —cop— makes off with all of Paula's newly acquired cash.

As the night begins to turn into early morning, the thought of the stolen money still lingers in Paula's mind. Remembering Raul's card, Paula gives him a call. He agrees to meet her at his apartment. Paula, assured that this will be a quick fix to her persistent problem, hops in a cab. When she gets there, she wastes no time letting Raul know how much she needs for the rent, and decides that is the exact amount their rendezvous will cost. Raul casually opens up to Paula and asks her to stay the night for the price she requested.

While they are having sex, advice from her friend flashes through Paula's head. She must try to not gain any pleasure from this arrangement and keep it strictly business. Wanting to escape, Paula checks to see if Raul is asleep and slips out the front door. But Raul, a man who sticks to his word, doesn't let Paula get out of their deal. Stopping her at the elevator, he takes back half of the cash that he agreed to give her and sends her on her way.

Paula is once again out on the street and with only half the money needed for rent. She heads back to the bar where her night began. Dawn is about to break.

She's not in the bar long before she solicits an older gentleman who takes her to a hotel and ravishes her like the prey being shown on a television nature program.

Even more emotionally battered, Paula leaves the hotel as the sun is rising. Jumping in a cab, she rides to a picturesque pier and reflects on the night's activities as the sun illuminates the once dark and seedy corners of Buenos Aires.

About the Director

Alejandro Chomski was born in Argentina in 1968. Much of his academic and professional training took place in the U.S., where he moved after studying sociology for three years in Buenos Aires. In Los Angeles, a Fulbright Scholarship allowed him to complete a Master's degree at the American Film Institute. He has produced, written, directed and shot numerous shorts, supported by actors and actresses like Charles Rocket and Julie Delpy. Chomski has worked as an assistant on videos, commercials and features for directors Spike Lee, Luis Puenzo, Emir Kusturica and Jim Jarmusch. He shot a documentary spoof titled, Who Is Alejandro Chomski?. In 2001, Chomski won the INCAA Competition for Young Directors. Today and Tomorrow is his first feature.

Principal Cast

Paula
Raul
Osvaldo
Rubén
Ricardo
Lucci
Empleada de Lucci
Cluadia
Valentina
Juan
Luis
Miguel
Nicolás
Carlos
Jorge

 

Crew
Writer / Director
Production Company

Producers
Cinematographer
Production Designer
Music

 

Antonella Cossta
Manuel Navarro
Abian Vainstein
Ricardo Holser
Daniel Toppino
Luciana Godoy
María Cristina Acosta
Romina Ricci
Valentina Gutierrez
Juan Cruz Bordeau
Martin Policastro
Carlso Lipsic
Sergio Alvarez
Ricardo Merkin
Horacio Acosta

 


Alejandro Chomski
MKM Producciones / Cinema Digital /
Bulbek & Mas / Aldebaran Films
Fernando Safdie
Guillermo Nieto
Ailli Chen
Luchi Camorra
Adrian Dargelos

 
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