Washington D.C. Premiere


(c) Global Film Initiative

A USEFUL LIFE (LA VIDA ÚTIL) (Uruguay, 2010, 63 min.)

Washington, D.C. Premiere After 25 years, Cinemateca Uruguaya’s most devoted employee, Jorge (real-life Uruguayan critic Jorge Jellinek), still finds his inspiration in caring for the films and audiences that grace the seats and screen of his beloved arthouse 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 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 an appealing gem about life after the movies. In Spanish with English subtitles. Directed by Federico

Veiroj. Uruguay’s Official Entry for the 83rd Academy Awards, Best Foreign Language Film.

Introduced by Anne Vena, Events Coordinator, IDB Cultural Center.

Ticket/Reservation Info:

FREE. Photo ID required. Seating is unreserved general admission, 380 seats, first-come, first-served. Please call 202-623-3558 or visit

Inter-American Development Bank, Enrique V. Iglesias Conference Center,

1330 New York Ave., NW

(Metro: Metro Center, 13th St. exit)

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