Archive of films Black Box / Caja negra

2002, 81 min

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Year: 2003

17-year-old Dorotea tries to get in contact with her father, who has just been released from prison after many years. But it is a long time before the invisible barrier between father and daughter starts to disappear.


17-year-old Dorotea lives with her 100-year-old grandmother. Every morning she combs her gran’s hair, massages her wrinkled, dry skin, and gets her ready for the day. Then she cycles to work. Eduardo, her father, is released from prison. Like an aimless ghost, he walks through the streets of Buenos Aires and ends up in the Salvation Army men’s hostel. Dorotea tries to see him, but Eduardo shies away from all contact with her. They meet a number of times on a park bench in a children’s playground, but they don’t speak to each other. Only gradually does the invisible barrier between father and daughter start to disappear. Finally Dorotea manages to bring her father home for dinner... What happened in the past is no longer important: we just leave it all stored in the “black box” of our imagination.

About the director

Luis Ortega (1980, Buenos Aires) moved with his family to the US at the age of three, where he lived for ten years before returning to Argentina. He studied scriptwriting and philosophy. Black Box (Caja negra) is his first feature film.


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Director: Luis Ortega
Screenplay: Luis Ortega
Dir. of Photography: Luis Ortega
Music: Leandro Chiappe
Editor: César Custodio
Producer: Chino Fernández
Production: Villa Vicio
Cast: Dolores Fonzi, Eduardo Couget, Eugenia Bassi, Silvio Bassi
Contact: Villa Vicio s.r.l.


Luis Ortega


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