Country: Brazil, France, Netherlands, Argentina
Running Time: 109min
Film Year: 2018
Category: HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award
Claudio and Susana live a tranquil, middle-class life in provincial Argentina. They are respected in their community and successful in their work, managing to live a more or less normal life despite the distressful events taking part at the moment: it’s the 1970s, and Argentina’s Dirty War is taking the lives of thousands around the country. In the midst of all this, a series of seemingly unrelated occurrences all hit Claudio and Susana’s picture-perfect family at once, starting with a stranger attacking the couple on a night out in town for no discernible reason, the sudden appearance of an old family friend, and the incessant, invasive questions of a Chilean private detective. Thus begins the slow unraveling of a net of lies and secrets that will change everything in its wake.
A sense of unavoidable doom underlies Benjamín Naishtat’s Rojo, translating the intense paranoia of the times onto the screen in foreboding, unnerving images of a deceptively peaceful life far away from the horrors of war. With tensions quietly rising, everything might implode sooner than anyone could have predicted. A subtle and visually astounding comment on a horrifying epoch of Argentine history, Rojo will keep you on the edge of your seat.
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Director: Benjamín Naishtat
Producer: Barbara Sarasola-Day, Emmanuel Chaumet, Federico Eibuszyc, Rachel Daisy Ellis, Marleen Slot, Ingmar Trost, Dan Wechsler, Jamal Zeinal Zade
Screenwriter: Benjamín Naishtat
Music: Vincent van Warmerdam
Cinematographer: Pedro Sotero
Editor: Andrés Quaranta