After seven years of dictatorship, a remote village in Argentina formally becomes a town with the birth of its 501st inhabitant. Hidalgo, a slick and ingratiating scion, is eager for the new post of mayor. Smelling a rat, Baldomero (a beloved natural leader with a habitually tapping digit) opposes him with his own candidacy—and soon turns up dead. His shopkeeper brother vows revenge, keeping Baldomero’s severed finger in a jar, initially as a remembrance, but eventually as an absurd icon of leadership that spurs the town to defy crooked elections, interloping powers and Hidalgo to go its own way.
Based on real events, this charming dramatic comedy pokes fun at small town ways while celebrating true democratic values.
“A gentle political satire set in a remote pueblo in 1980s Argentina, “The Finger” is both an engaging, often amusing portrait of a community on the cusp of change and an attack on human credulity.”
“Sergio Teubal’s hilarious satire proves its capacity for both belly laughs and observant political barbs.”
–Wines of Argentina
‘The Finger’ is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative.
In Spanish with English subtitles.