Part of SFFILM Festival
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
A moody Uruguayan artist who paints nudes, Belmonte is facing a midlife crisis while preparing for an exhibition. As his ex-wife prepares for motherhood with her new lover, he seeks a closer relationship with his precocious daughter Celeste and feels an urge to come to terms with other relationships both past and present. Director Federico Veiroj, as he’s done in prior Festival films The Apostate (2015) and A Useful Life (2010), presents a doleful and obsessive middle-aged protagonist, wringing pathos and humor out of Belmonte’s struggles with life and career.
“This melancholy story, dealing with an artist approaching middle age who’s straddled between the demands of his art and those of the people around him, combines Veiroj’s engagingly fastidious and quirky directorial style … with a greater emotional range than he has so far delivered.” – Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter
A native of Montevideo, Uruguay, Federico Veiroj made his directorial debut in 2008 with Acné, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at AFI Fest. His other films include A Useful Life (Festival 2011), Best Film winner at the Havana Film Festival, and The Apostate (Festival 2016), winner of the FIPRESCI Prize and Special Mention of the Jury at the San Sebastián International Film Festival. In 2011, Veiroj was SFFILM’s second Artist in Residence.
Director Federico Veiroj
Producer Federico Veiroj, Juan José López
Writer Federico Veiroj
Editor Manuel Rilla, Fernando Franco
Cinematographer Analía Pollio, Arauco Hernández
Music Leo Masliah, Rafael Bonavita, Pedro Dalton, Alfredo Lepera
Cast Gonzalo Delgado, Olivia Molinaro Eijo, Tomás Wahrmann