Winner of both the Camera d’Or and the Young Critics’ Award, Las Acacias was truly the crown jewel of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival selections.
Rubén (Germán de Silva)—an unshaven, middle-aged truck driver for lumber companies—keeps to himself. He agrees to take a young woman, Jacinta (Hebe Duarte), along on his route from Paraguay to Buenos Aires but is dismayed when she arrives with her 5-month-old baby. Less than happy with the situation but unable to escape his obligation, he begins the 1,000-mile journey, eyes fixed on the road, lips pursed shut. Slowly, like a flower blooming, Rubén is caught off guard by Jacinta’s quiet beauty and tenderness, the baby’s tiny charms, and the possibility of no longer traveling through life alone. Las Acacias is pure cinema: a charming road movie and a gentle love story told in moving pictures.
Pablo Giorgelli was born in 1967 Buenos Aires, Argentina and studied film direction at the Universidad del Cine headed by Manuel Antín (1991–94). He has directed/written documentaries and short films, and worked as an editor on Gustavo Mosquera’s Moebius (1995), and Ariel Rotter’s Solo por hoy (2001). Las Acacias is his first feature and went on to win the prestigious Camera D’Or for best first feature film at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.