Archive Fever! 6.0
A Useful Life (La Vida Util)
dir. Federico Veiroj, Uruguay/Spain, 2010, b/w, Spanish w/ English subtitles, 67 min.
After twenty-five years, Cinemateca
Uruguay’s most devoted employee, Jorge (real-life Uruguayan critic Jorge
Jellinek), still finds inspiration in caring for the films and audiences that
grace the screen and seats of his beloved art-house cinema. But when dwindling
attendance and diminishing support force the theater to close its doors, Jorge
is sent into a world he knows only through the lens of art—and suddenly is forced
to discover a new passion that transcends his once-celluloid reality. Stylishly
framed in black-and-white with brilliantly understated performances, Federico
Veiroj’s sly and loving homage to the soul of cinema is a universally appealing
gem and knowing charmer about life after the movies.