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Unlike other icons of popular culture, Juan Moreira was already a legend in his time. Through newspapers, pamphlets and carnival shows, his figure was already speaking for itself at the end of the 19th century. Much time later, Favio rescues certain aspects of this popular myth, of the oral and written narrative about him, but strips them of any elements that sweeten Moreira or reduces him to an exemplary gaucho. Moreira is here a vindictive tough guy, brutal and at times servile, who serves no other cause than his own demand for clemency. Using various resources, Favio builds a polymorphous and tragic western that follows, through the traces of red blood, the story of a people that will not give up fighting for what is theirs. The version shown has been restored as part of Plan Recuperar, carried out by DAC and Gotika.
Leonardo Favio was born in Mendoza, Argentina, in 1938. He was a filmmaker, actor and singer-songwriter. After acting in films by Leopoldo Torre Nilsson and Fernando Ayala, among others, he started an important career as a filmmaker, with such titles as Chronicle of a Boy Alone (1964), Gatica, the Monkey (1993) and Aniceto (2008, 23rd Festival).