‘Rojo’ – 11th March at 8:00pm | €7
Director: Benjamín Naishtat
Cast: Darío Grandinetti, Andrea Frigerio, Alfredo Castro
109 minutes, Argentina, Brazil, France, Netherlands, Germany, 2018,
When everybody is silent, nobody is innocent. Rojo is a disarming allegory about middle-class society turning a blind eye to the brutality of an emergent dictatorship.
The life of esteemed lawyer Claudio (Darío Grandinetti) begins to unravel when Chilean private detective Sinclair (Alfredo Castro) comes to town, and starts asking questions about the disappearance of a mysterious stranger. With a flair for the dramatic, Sinclair proceeds to lift the veneer of respectability under which Claudio, like many of the town’s other apparently honest citizens, operates.
Set in provincial Argentina in the mid-1970s, just before the military coup, Naishtat’s brilliant third film approaches this turbulent era in his country’s history in a truly unique manner.
Part mystery, part thriller, Rojo swiftly escalates from the intriguing, to the entrancing, to the alarming. With a creeping sense of psychological imbalance throughout, Rojo is a disarming allegory simmering with malevolence.
Toronto International Film Festival 2018
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2018
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2019
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2019
Winner – Best Director, San Sebastián International Film Festival 2018
Winner – Best Actor, San Sebastián International Film Festival 2018
Winner – Best Cinematography, San Sebastián International Film Festival 2018
“★★★★ … a disquieting parable of iniquity.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“★★★★ Nothing functions quite as it should. These are not exactly surreal worlds, but every step is taken on unstable ground.” – Donald Clarke, The Irish Times
“★★★★ It’s all about a society manoeuvring to stay at the dinner table while getting its unsavoury elements thrown out, and finding ways to stop them ever coming back.” – Tim Robey, The Telegraph