Free ‘Weasel’ & ‘Monkey’

One of our favorite films of last year, Argentina’s The Weasel’s Tale, will stream free (ostensibly only for residents of the tri-state area) this Monday, June 21, at 5:30 pm (ET) as the opening presentation of The Americas Film Festival New York (TAFFNY).

The fun film, presented in partnership with Instituto Cervantes New York, is part dark comedy, part suspense drama and part romcom. Written and directed by Juan José Campanella (Oscar-winner The Secret in Their Eyes), the movie has some truly hilarious moments, numerous twists and turns, and intriguing, weaselly characters.

It centers around an aging former movie star, her makeshift dysfunctional family, and a couple of younger con artists – all playing an an intriguing game of cat and…weasel.

The free TAFFNY festival will conclude on Sunday, June 27 at 4 pm with a screening of Canada’s Monkey Beach, a supernatural mystery based on Edna Robinsons’ novel of the same name. Presented in partnership with the National Museum of the American Indian, the film will be followed by a Q&A with director Loretta Todd and star Grace Dove.

Dove plays an indigenous woman who — served notice by her cousin’s ghost to return to her native village — sets out on a journey to save her brother and contend with mystical creatures lurking in nearby woods.

Neither The Weasel’s Tale nor Monkey Beach are otherwise available for streaming.

Running through Sunday, June 27, TAFFNY will also offer four feature-length documentaries and more than 25 short films.

For a complete schedule and free festival registration, visit

(Top photo: Graciela Borges in ‘The Weasel’s Tale,’ courtesy of Outsider Pictures)

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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