Part of SFFILM Festival
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
Set in 1975 Argentina, Benjamin Naishtat’s (History of Fear, Festival 2014) noirish drama tells the story of a morally compromised lawyer. Claudio is being investigated over a shady real estate deal in the months leading up to the right-wing coup that ousts Isabel Perón. With a style reflective of the 1970s, from the grainy visual palette to the use of zooms, slow motion, and deep focus, Rojo adroitly captures a deeply unsettled time in Argentina when a corrupt political system encouraged a general lawlessness and moral vacuity among its populace.
“The complacency and corruption of pre-coup Argentina is laid bare in chilling, absurd style in Benjamin Naishtat’s superb third feature.” – Jessica Kiang, Variety
After making a number of shorts, Benjamín Naishtat wrote and directed his first feature, History of Fear (Festival 2014), winning the Festival’s New Directors Prize. That was followed by The Movement (2015), winner of the Best Argentinean Film at the Mar del Plata Film Festival. Rojo, his third feature, won three prizes at the San Sebastián International Film Festival, including Best Director.
Director Benjamín Naishtat
Producer Barbara Sarasola-Day, Federico Eibuszyc
Writer Benjamín Naishtat
Editor Andrés Quaranta
Cinematographer Pedro Sotero
Music Vincent van Warmerdam
Cast Dario Grandinetti, Andrea Frigerio, Alfredo Castro