City Paper is not for tourists
The languages and ways in which we communicate help form our identities and impact our connection with others. Argentine director Oliver Kolker examines this idea in his latest film, Tango Glories, which focuses on the relationship between Fermín, an 85-year-old psychiatric patient at a Buenos Aires Hospital who only speaks in lyrics from tango songs, and Ezequiel, the doctor who takes an interest in his case (and his granddaughter). Though they initially have difficulty understanding each other, the pair is drawn together through the language of tango. Their conversations draw them back to Fermín’s life in the 1940s and the experiences that caused him to lose his conventional speaking pattern, a process that transforms both men. Before the screening, Tango Mercurio gets the audience in the mood with a demonstration and afterwards, Kolker will discuss the filmmaking process. The film shows at 7:30 p.m. at the Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $13. (202) 518-9400. wjff.org.