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Latin American Studies


Film from Uruguay: 'El baƱo del Papa'

Event Start DateTuesday, April 5, 2011
Camino Hall, Room 112
Event Start Time12:15 pm - 1:45 pm
CostCost: free

From Bavaria Film International -- It is 1988, and Melo, a Uruguayan town on the Brazilian border, awaits the visit of Pope John Paul II. Numbers begin circulating: hundreds of people will come. No, thousands, say the media. The well-informed speak of 50,000... The poor townspeople know what this means: 50,000 pilgrims in need of food and drink, paper flags, souvenirs, commemorative medals. Brimming with enthusiasm, the villagers not only hope for divine blessing, but above all for a small share of material happiness. And petty smuggler Beto is certain that he´s found the best business idea of all: "The Pope’s Toilet", where the thousands of pilgrims can find relief… Let others make mountains of chorizo sausages and bake towers of cakes - he will strike it rich with human waste! But before he can build the WC, Beto rushes headlong into trouble. He sorely tries the patience of his stoical but optimistic wife Carmen and disappoints his adolescent daughter Silvia, who dreams of a career in the media. He has to increase his risky and arduous journeys across the border. And he has to bury his long-cherished dream of buying a moped. He even loses his most precious possession - his bicycle - just as he secures the keystone for his temple to waste and wealth: the toilet bowl. But he is determined to make it back in time for the divine event. 

Spanish with English subtitles. Click here to view trailer.

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