'The Last Elvis'
On the surface, Argentinean director Armando Bo's emotion-laden film charts the life of an Elvis impersonator with a blurred line between his life and that of the man whose music he sings. For Bo, who spent the past six years working on this Spanish-spoken drama (with English subtitles), the film became a much more intense journey than he'd ever imagined. "My intention was to go as deep as possible into the psychological side of this person," the filmmaker says of Elvis Gutierrez, the lead character played by real-life Elvis tribute artist John McInerny. Onscreen, Gutierrez must balance his deteriorating family life amid his mental deterioration: His ex-wife and daughter, Lisa Marie, play central roles in his struggle. Looking back on the project, Bo says the danger of impersonation is rooted in one’s lack of self-worth, fueled by the need to live vicariously through others. "It’s a metaphor for celebrity," he says of the film. "Everybody's copying somebody."