Magazine article New Internationalist

[Garage Olimpo]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Garage Olimpo]

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Garage Olimpo is set in Buenos Aires sometime during the military dictatorship. Then, between 1976 and 1982, 7,000 'opponents' of the regime 'disappeared'. Many were drugged and dumped alive from military transport planes into the southern Atlantic. Director Bechis is one of the more fortunate victims of the regime -- he escaped abroad. With co-writer Lara Fremder he's produced a claustrophobic and disturbing political drama.

Maria is a literacy teacher and political activist. She lives with her mother and their lodger, Felix, who works at a garage. Felix is infatuated with her. When Maria is arrested she's taken to a prison and interrogation centre -- the converted Olimpo garage -- where torture is routine, degrading and brutal, designed to extract information quickly so that others can be arrested. …

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