A police helicopter circles over a gated community on the outskirts of a large city. Something must have happened. The very first shot of this directorial debut conveys the paranoia which shrouds this film about the fears of an increasingly detached social class. Even a hole in the fence represents a life-threatening event. The other side of their self-made barrier marks the beginning of a social netherworld where they are convinced dubious and unpredictable creatures with designs on their wealth are lurking. The camera takes a step back to capture but also to question in grotesque and absurd tableaux this diffuse anxiety and almost primeval fear. When Argentina was rocked by a severe economic crisis several years ago, politicians exploited people’s fears in order to foster a general feeling of insecurity. In his ironic portrait of a constantly fragmenting society, Benjamin Naishtat ponders this development.
by Benjamin Naishtat
with Jonathan Da Rosa, César Bordón, Mara Bestelli, Claudia Cantero, Mirella Pascual, Francisco Lumerman, Tatiana Giménez
Argentina / Uruguay / Germany / France 2014
Co-Producer and Producer: Leif Magne Tangen, Santiago Gallelli, Benjamín Domenech / Director, Screenwriter: Benjamin Naishtat / Actor: Jonathan Da Rosa / Production Design: Marina Raggio / Moderation: Vicenzo Bugno