New Uruguayan film A Useful Life in UK cinemas

By | 14 January, 2012

A Useful Life is the second feature film from Uruguayan director Federico Veiroj. It tells the story of Jorge, a film critic whose life is thrown upside down when he loses his job. With a running length of just 70 minutes, this is a journey into Jorge’s life, from his existence surrounded by film, an existence which has become monotonous from the outside, to the excitement of being thrown out of that world.

Through it’s pacing and love of cinema, Veiroj’s film turns out to be a gentle eulogy to films and film-making. A Useful Life is a subtle film at times, but will win you over in the end. Here’s the official synopsis for the film:

Jorge (45) lives with his parents and has been working at a Film Archive for 25 years. He is a film programmer, he provides technical support, and he conducts the film news show at a radio station in Montevideo. Without any other job experience than working at the Film Archive, Jorge loses his position. A Useful Life explores the way Jorge changes his way of living in order to adapt to the new world that appears to him. After all, maybe ‘movies’ will help him survive.

A Useful Life will be shown in cinemas in the UK from Friday 13th January. Here are the screenings that have been announced thus far:

Saturday 14th January
London – BFI Southbank
Bristol – Cube Cinema
Sheffield – Showroom

Sunday 15th January
London – BFI Southbank
Bristol – Cube Cinema
Sheffield – Showroom

Monday 16th January
London – BFI Southbank
Bristol – Cube Cinema
Sheffield – Showroom

Tuesday 17th January
London – BFI Southbank
Birmingham – Birmingham International Film Society
Bristol – Cube Cinema
Sheffield – Showroom

Wednesday 18th January
London – BFI Southbank
Bristol – Cube Cinema
Sheffield – Showroom

Thursday 19th January
London – BFI Southbank
Bristol – Cube Cinema
Sheffield – Showroom

Friday 20th January
London – BFI Southbank

Saturday 21st January
London – BFI Southbank

Sunday 22nd January
London – BFI Southbank

Monday 23rd January
London – BFI Southbank

Tuesday 24th January
London – BFI Southbank

Wednesday 25th January
London – BFI Southbank

Thursday 26th January
London – BFI Southbank

Friday 27th January
Edinburgh – Filmhouse
Newcastle – Tyneside Cinema

Saturday 28th January
Edinburgh – Filmhouse
Newcastle – Tyneside Cinema

Sunday 29th January
Edinburgh – Filmhouse
Newcastle – Tyneside Cinema

Monday 30th January
Edinburgh – Filmhouse
Newcastle – Tyneside Cinema

Tuesday 31st January
Edinburgh – Filmhouse
Newcastle – Tyneside Cinema

Wednesday 01st February
Edinburgh – Filmhouse
Newcastle – Tyneside Cinema

Thursday 2nd February
Edinburgh – Filmhouse
Newcastle – Tyneside Cinema
Newcastle upon Tyne – Side Cinema @ 19:30 – Ambassador Screening

Monday 13th February
Derby – Derby Quad

Tuesday 14th February
Derby – Derby Quad

Wednesday 15th February
Derby – Derby Quad

Thursday 16th February
Derby – Derby Quad

Thursday 23rd February
Hawick – Heart of Hawick

Thursday 22nd March
Tewkesbury – The Roses Theatre

Sunday 25th March
Aberystwyth – Aberystwyth Arts Centre


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