Saturday Night

(Saturday Night)
Rosana Matecki | Documentary

2021 | 15 minutes | Canada

A poetic and bittersweet snapshot of aging in a foreign urban setting, viewed through the eyes of three Latin American immigrants and their connection to dance.


As winter's pristine white blanket covers the silent streets of Montreal, filmmaker Rosana Matecki recalls how the collective mourning over Leonard Cohen's passing gave her a sense of belonging to the city for the first time. She crosses paths with two Latin American immigrants who also seek an intimate connection with their adoptive city. Magaly is a grocery store cashier in her early fifties, and Juan is a painter in his mid-seventies. Inspired by those who find freedom in movement, they gather inside a small ballroom on a Saturday night with other middle-aged souls. For a few hours, they dance, surrendering to the warm embrace of intimacy and belonging.

A short documentary essay on solitude, filmed in Spanish and narrated by Matecki, Saturday Night offers a poetic and bittersweet snapshot of aging in an urban setting, viewed through the lens of dance. An immersive soundscape and a delicate tempo set the mood for this intimate exploration of resilience and nostalgia.


"The emotions and feelings it presents are powerful and feel real. The rhythm that the director gives to the story and the narrative resources she uses imbue it with a tragic beauty full of calm that is difficult to find in typical romantic stories in cinema." - Nelson Samuel

Main credits

Matecki, Rosana (film director)
Matecki, Rosana (screenwriter)
Matecki, Rosana (narrator)
Baulu, Kat (film producer)
Nasr, Ariel (film producer)

Other credits

Cinematography, Glauco Bermudez; editing, Lucas Villegas; music, Denis Plante.

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Toronto International Film Festival; Aspen Shortsfest

DIRECTOR: Rosana Matecki


YEAR: 2021

GENRE: Documentary

LANGUAGE: Spanish; English

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School, High School, College, Adult



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