Release date13 August 2010 (2010-08-13) (Uruguay) WriterInes Bortagaray, Gonzalo Delgado, Arauco Hernandez Holz, Federico Veiroj CastJorge Jellinek (Jorge), Manuel Martinez Carril (Martinez), Paola Venditto (Paola) Music directorLeo Masliah, Eduardo Fabini, Macunaima ScreenplayFederico Veiroj, Arauco Hernandez Holz, Gonzalo Delgado, Ines Bortagaray Similar moviesThe Cyberpunk Educator, Auge in Auge - Eine deutsche Filmgeschichte, The Jodorowsky Constellation, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Day for Night, Inglourious Basterds
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A Useful Life (Spanish: La vida útil) is a 2010 Uruguayan drama film about the love of film, directed by Federico Veiroj and shot in black-and-white. The film was selected as the Uruguayan entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards but it did not make the final shortlist.
Set in Montevideo's legendary Cinemateca Uruguaya, it is the story about the closure of a cinematheque with the same name due to financial difficulties, and how it affects its film loving middle manager Jorge (played by film critic-turned-actor Jorge Jellinek), who has worked there for 25 years. At first he is overwhelmed by the prospect of having no profession or purpose, and drifts around in Montevideo. But eventually he realises that nothing can kill his love for film, so he ends the day by taking his love interest to the cinema.
Although the story is fiction, Cinemateca Uruguaya, which celebrated 50 years in 2012, is besieged by financial problems, and its director Manuel Martínez Carril agreed to play himself in the film.
Jorge Jellinek as Jorge
Manuel Martinez Carril as Martínez
Paola Venditto as Paola
Istanbul Film Festival - Special Jury Prize ex-aequo
Havana Film Festival/New Latin American Cinema of La Havana - Coral Grand Prize, Best Film
Warsaw International Film Festival - Special Mention