A Useful Life

(La vida útil)
Frederico Veiroj | Drama, Fiction

2009 | 67 minutes | Uruguay, Spain

An art film enthusiast fears that decrease in attendance will force the Uruguayan Cinematheque to close. To save it, Jorge enters a new world and is exposed to an unknown passion. A modern classic film.


An art film enthusiast, Jorge fears that the decrease in theater attendance will force the Uruguayan Cinematheque to close. In an effort to save the theater, Jorge enters a new world where he is exposed to an unknown passion. Elegantly framed and brilliantly underrated, this is a universally attractive and loving tribute to the soul of cinema. A modern classic film.

Main credits

Veiroj, Federico (film director)
Jellinek, Jorge (actor)
Carril, Manuel Martinez (actor)
Venditto, Paola (actor)
Hernández, Arauco (screenwriter)
Gutman, Laura (film producer)
López, Juan José (film producer)

Other credits

Cinematography, Arauco Hernández; editor, Arauco Hernández, Federico Veiroj; music, Eduardo Fabini, Macunaima, Leo Masliah.

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San Sebastian International Film Festival - New Directors Kutxa Award, Special Mention; BAFICI Buenos Aires International Film Festival - Best Actor; Warsaw International Film Festival - Special Mention; Chicago Latino Film Festival; Miami International Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Frederico Veiroj

NATIONALITY: Uruguay, Spain

YEAR: 2009

GENRE: Drama, Fiction


COLOR / B&W: Black and white

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School, High School, College, Adults



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