Archive of films Rojo / Rojo

Argentina / Belgium / Brazil / Germany / France / Switzerland
2018, 109 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2019

Although never directly stating when this tragicomic story of the petit-bourgeois Claudio takes place, this 1970s-style thriller hints at the period just before the military coup in Argentina when people began to disappear by the thousands. Benjamín Naishtat’s second film won three awards at San Sebastián – Best Cinematography, Best Director and Best Actor.


This tragicomic story of Claudio, a provincial lawyer, never directly mentions the military dictatorship in Argentina, but the stylized period atmosphere of 1970s thrillers and the metaphoric visit to a magic performance hint at a dark episode in the country’s history when thousands of people disappeared without a trace. The title (“red”) may be a reference to the blood spilled during the military junta’s reign of terror or to the ideological inclinations of a character who appears in the film only briefly. In addition to the ironic humor, the masterly direction, and the superb performances, the rising tension between a seemingly irreproachable middle-class household and a pugnacious detective helped earn the film several festival awards.

Eva Zaoralová

About the director

Benjamín Naishtat (b. 1986, Buenos Aires). Filmography: We Are Just Fine (Estamos bien, 2008, short), El juego (2010, short), History of Fear (Historia del miedo, 2014), The Movement (El movimiento, 2015), A Local Kind of God (Un dios local, 2018, short), Rojo (2018)


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About the film

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Section: Horizons
Director: Benjamín Naishtat
Screenplay: Benjamín Naishtat
Dir. of Photography: Pedro Sotero
Music: Vincent van Warmerdam
Editor: Andrés Quaranta
Art Director: Julieta Dolinsky
Producer: Barbara Sarasola-Day, Federico Eibuszyc
Production: Pucará Cine
Coproduction: Ecce Films, Desvia, Viking Films, Sutor Kolonko Filmproduktion, Bord Cadre films
Cast: Dario Grandinetti, Andrea Frigerio, Alfredo Castro, Diego Cremonesi

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