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Social fractures are ever-present in Argentine art since its first expressions. Works like Esteban Echeverría’s The Slaughter Yard —written between 1838 and 1840— helped build a class representation that still prevails in collective imagination. Santiago Fillol feeds from this foundational short story and gives shape to this pampas thriller that tells the story of Jared, a foreign filmmaker who arrives in La Pampa to shoot the adaptation of Echeverría’s tale in 1974, the moment in which the persecution against left-wing movements started to grow stronger. Told from the point of view of the assistant director, the film alternates between the difficulties of the shoot, the echoes from three historical times (1840, the ‘70s and present day), the increasing activism of a group of actors and, as Fillol himself states, the indomitable nature of cinema.
Santiago Fillol was born in Córdoba in 1977. He studied Philosophy and Letters at the UNC and received a PhD in film from the Pompeu Fabra University. In 2010, his documentary Ich bin Enric Marco was presented at the 63th edition of the Locarno Film Festival. He wrote Mimosas (2016) and Fire Will Come (2019).
G: Santiago Fillol, Edgardo Dobry, Lucas Vermal
F: Mauro Herce
E: Cristóbal Fernández
DA: Ana Cambre
S: Sofía Straface
M: Cristóbal Fernández
P: T. Batlló, M. Alberti, J. Alayon, A. Queralt, F. Molnar, T. Pita, S. Schindel
I: Julio Perillán, Malena Villa, Ailín Salas, Rafael Federman, Lina Gorbaneva