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Film of the Week

January 22, 2015

• Nicole Malek

Name: "Gabi"

What I loved about it:

“Gabi” is an absolute treasure. It follows one Gabi Padilla, a woman who lives city life fully and colorfully. When her mother passes away unexpectedly, she is forced to return to her rural hometown and confront old family tensions. The film, clocking in at just over 20 minutes, is astonishing in its ability to illustrate the world of its main character so completely. From just the first few minutes, I knew who this woman was, what she liked, what she loved. Even more impressive is the complex family dynamic created by just a few short powerful scenes. The entire film is a masterclass in the old adage of showing, not telling. 

Why You Should Watch It:

In a time when many are bemoaning the lack of strong female performances (with some even suggesting that male roles are inherently more challenging—UGH), the performances in "Gabi" are vibrant proof to the contrary. Dalia Davi, who plays Gabi, is a force.

Where You can Watch it:

In the Seed&Spark Cinema

Who Made it:

Zoé Salicrup Junco was born and raised in Puerto Rico. “Gabi” is her thesis film from NYU film school, made under the guidance of director Susan Seidelman. She’s currently writing the feature-length version of “Gabi” and we CAN’T WAIT.

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