How Most Things Work

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Argentina | 2015 | 93 minutes | Fernando Salem

When her father passes away, sheltered Celina takes over his job as a traveling encyclopedia salesperson, training with a veteran saleswoman and setting out on her first road trip in order to earn enough money to travel to Italy and find her mother.

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Stuck in a dead-end job as a tollbooth operator in the middle of the Argentinian desert, Celina (Verónica Gerez) quietly yearns for connection with the world outside as well as with the mother who left her as a child. When her father dies unexpectedly, Celina quickly takes over his job as a traveling encyclopedia salesperson, falling under the wing of veteran saleswoman Raquel (Pilar Gamboa, The Fire) and setting out on her first trip away from home—a journey of facing the mysteries of adulthood, of the beauty of unexpected graces, and of perhaps even finding what was once lost. Tender but never sappy and rooted in a tremendous performance by newcomer Gerez, this engrossing debut feature from writer/director Fernando Salem recently won Best Director and Best Screenplay honors at the Mar del Plata Film Festival. Rich with humor and insight, How Most Things Work is a sharp and observant portrait of the pains and wonders of growing into oneself.

Director Biography
Fernando Salem was born in Buenos Aires in 1976. He studied Communication Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires and has directed several short films, documentaries, TV shows, and commercials. How Most Things Work is his first feature film.

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  • Original Language Title: Cómo funcionan casi todas las cosas
  • Director: Fernando Salem
  • Principal Cast: Verónica Gerez, Pilar Gamboa, Marilú Marini, Miriam Odorico, María Ucedo
  • Premiere Status: US Premiere
  • Country: Argentina
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 93 minutes
  • Producer: Verónica Cura, Paula Massa, Juan Pablo Miller, iego Amson, Fernando Salem
  • Screenplay: Fernando Salem, Esteban Garelli
  • Cinematographers: Georgina Pretto
  • Editors: Emiliano Fardaus
  • Music: Juan Bernardis
  • Awards: Mar del Plata Film Festival 2015 (Best Screenplay, Director)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Spanish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Primer Plano Film Group SA