DOK Leipzig 29 October – 4 November 2018
61st International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

The Centaur’s Nostalgia

The Centaur’s Nostalgia

Centaurs are mythical creatures. Half human, half horse. Gauchos resemble centaurs. Like the latter, they are a practically extinct species. Nor is there much left of their culture of nomadic cattle breeding. But there are still some survivors of the species left, especially in the north of Argentina.

Gauchos don’t do much. Nor do they talk much. They are! In the most intense fashion. Director Nicolás Torchinsky portrays an old couple’s companionship and conflicts. Which means that we, too, for the length of a film participate in this way of being in a world that seems to have been forgotten by time. We watch them like a nocturnal fire that will slowly die away in the morning if it’s not fed. Above the fire: the constellation of the Centaur, a prominent constellation in the southern sky. If it was up to the stars, the gaucho would surely still be a mythical hero. But in this world things aren’t up to the stars but to the will of people or, even more prosaic, to circumstances – and circumstances won’t have it so.

Ralph Eue


Original Title: La nostalgia del centauro
Country: Argentina
Year: 2017
Language: Spanish
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 70 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Nicolás Torchinsky
Producer: Nicolás Torchinsky
Cinematographer: Baltazar Torcasso
Editor: Ana Poliak
Music: Pablo Butelman
Sound: Sebastián González, Sofía Straface
Script: Nicolás Torchinsky

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2018 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.