Screened as part of NZIFF 2003

Suddenly 2002

Tan de repente

Directed by Diego Lerman

Argentina In Spanish with English subtitles
94 minutes B&W



Lita Stantic
Diego Lerman


Diego Lerman, María Meria. Inspired by a short story by César Aira


Luciano Zito
Diego del Piano


Benjamín Avila
Alberto Ponce


Juan Ignacio Bouscayrol


Tatiana Saphir (Marcia)
Carla Crespo (Mao)
Verónica Hassan (Lenin)
Beatriz Thibaudín (Blanca)
María Merlino (Delia)
Marcos Ferrante (Felipe)


Locarno, Toronto, London 2002; Rotterdam 2003


“Further proof of the astonishing range and vigour of the current Argentine cinema is offered by Suddenly, a captivating, simple yet subtle road movie about a lonely shop girl whose world is transformed when she is abducted by two punk lesbians. This bittersweet, femme-oriented comedy has immediate appeal to younger indie and gay audiences as well as to aficionados of Latin American film, but it also transcends its tiny budget and niche subject… Suddenly continually invites the viewer to reassess rich and complex characters whose destinies unfold with the unpredictability of real life. The deadpan, comic-melancholy tone and shimmering black-and-white photography are redolent of Jim Jarmusch’s early work and the film ends on a gently upbeat note while avoiding any trace of glib sentimental uplift.” — Sheila Johnston, Screendaily 

“Outrageous, funny and hip… Suddenly, by 26-year-old Diego Lerman, starts scary, moves through deadpan comic and comes out with a whimsical tenderness for its characters that audiences will share.” — Deborah Young, Variety