Archive of films La Tigra, Chaco / La Tigra, Chaco

2009, 75 min

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Year: 2009

Esteban returns to his home town where he meets his childhood friend Vero, who has grown into a beautiful woman. Old memories rise to the surface, new bonds are formed... This delightful low-budget directing debut by Federico Godfrid and Juan Sasiaín, crowned with a FIPRESCI award at the festival in Mar del Plata, rests, above all, on its authentic acting performances.


La Tigra, Chaco. A quiet, sleepy town only twenty blocks long. Esteban returns, after years spent living in Buenos Aires, to the place where he grew up. He has come to find his father, but the latter now has a new family, he’s a truck driver and is never at home. While Esteban waits for him, he spends time with Vero, a friend from his early days whom he now finds increasingly attractive. Each step together is filled with memories of a shared childhood, yet their excursion into the past unexpectedly becomes the promise of new possibilities for the future. This directing debut by Federico Godfrid and Juan Sasiaín, made on a minimal budget, succeeded in capturing the attention of the Argentine film critics. Reviews stated that the film had what the majority of contemporary Argentine production lacks: the ability to transfer life to the big screen. The film was applauded particularly for the authentic performances of both lead actors, together with the spontaneous acting skills of Ana Allende in the role of Esteban’s aunt, who appears in a delightful scene where she sings in Czech.

About the director

Federico Godfrid (b. 1977) studied sound and film photography at the University of Buenos Aires, he appeared in several short films and he also works as a stage director and lecturer. Juan Sasiaín (b. 1978) also graduated from the sound and photography departments, and went on to study acting and screenwriting. Like Federico Godfrid, he has a wealth of theatre experience behind him, and he also works in advertising. The filmmakers’ directorial debut, La Tigra, Chaco, despite facing tough opposition from other films in three competition sections, took away the FIPRESCI prize for Best Argentine Film at the festival in Mar del Plata.


Sudestada Cine
O´Higgins 3376 - PB 2, C 1429BBL, Buenos Aires
Tel: +54 11 4373 2010
Fax: +54 11 4373 2010

Primer Plano Film Group S.A.
Av. Elcano 4020, 1427, Buenos Aires
Tel: +54 11 455 222 44
Fax: +54 11 455 215 15

About the film

Color, 35 mm
European premiere

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Director: Federico Godfrid, Juan Sasiaín
Screenplay: Federico Godfrid, Juan Sasiaín
Dir. of Photography: Paula Gullco
Music: Daniel Godfrid
Editor: Valeria Otheguy
Producer: Gastón Rothschild, Ignacio Rey
Production: Sudestada Cine
Cast: Ezequiel Tronconi, Guadalupe Docampo, Federico Ibañez, Ana Allende, Elcida Villagra
Contact: Sudestada Cine, Primer Plano Film Group S.A.


Federico Godfrid

Film Director, Film Director

Ignacio Rey


Gaston Rothschild


Ezequiel Tronconi

Actor, Actor

Ana Allende



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