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SFFILM Festival

The Employer and the Employee

Directed by Manolo Nieto

Uruguay | 110

24 Apr
Sun, Apr 24, 2022 at 8:30 pm PT


As the title suggests, this slow-burning drama depicts parallel lives and how the dynamics of money and power play out in the wake of tragedy. On a Uruguayan farm close to the Brazilian border, the owner’s son Rodrigo is put in charge of daily operations. He hires teenage tractor driver Carlos, promising sponsorship in an upcoming horse race in return for starting work immediately. Both young men are new fathers, and the film deftly explores the imbalances in the two households. When a calamity strikes, the stakes are raised and the tenuous friendship between Rodrigo and Carlos evolves into a darker portrait of rivalry and economic disparity.

Director Manolo Nieto

Manolo Nieto worked in television and as an assistant director on films before making his first feature, The Dog Pound (2006), which won the Tiger Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. His next film, The Militant (2013) took a critics special award at the São Paulo International Film Festival. The Employer and the Employee (2021) is his third feature.



Film Details

Language Spanish, Portuguese, French

Original Language Title El Empleado y el Patrón

Year 2021

Premiere California

Runtime 110

Country Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, France

Director Manolo Nieto

Executive Producer Manuel Nieto, Bárbara Francisco, Georgina Baish, Sazy Salim, Paola Wink, Michael Wahrmann, Julia Alves, Nathalie Trafford

Producer Manolo Nieto, Bárbara Francisco, Paola Wink, Michael Wahrmann, Nathalie Trafford

Writer Manolo Nieto

Editor Pablo Riera

Cinematographer Arauco Hernández Holz

Music Buenos Muchachos, Holocausto Vegetal

Cast Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Cristian Borges, Justina Bustos

Closed Captions Closed captions are not available for this screening.

Audio Description Audio description is not available for this screening.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is not currently scheduled for this event. For more information about ASL interpretation at our events, e-mail ADA@SFFilm.org.