Un crimen común

A Common Crime
One night in the pouring rain, Kevin, the adolescent son of Cecilia’s housekeeper, knocks on her door. A sociology lecturer and financially secure, Cecilia lives alone with her young child. She is too afraid to let Kevin in. The next day, his body is found in a river. The neighbourhood accuses the police of having hounded the teenager and social unrest rocks this impoverished part of town. Cecilia’s concept of reality is also increasingly shaken, her moods start to fluctuate and she begins hearing and seeing things. Is she losing her mind?
In a ghostly, shimmering narrative, director Francisco Márquez articulates the injustices of Argentine society, which manifest themselves in the growing gap between rich and poor, employees and employers. His protagonist, sensitively played by Elisa Carricajo, is tormented by her guilty conscience. Like a ghost, her mounting consternation encroaches on every area of her life.
by Francisco Márquez
with Elisa Carricajo, Mecha Martínez, Eliot Otazo, Ciro Coien Pardo, Cecilia Rainero
Argentina / Brazil / Switzerland 2020 Spanish 96’ Colour


  • Elisa Carricajo (Cecilia)
  • Mecha Martínez (Nebe)
  • Eliot Otazo (Kevin)
  • Ciro Coien Pardo (Juan)
  • Cecilia Rainero (Claudia)


Director Francisco Márquez
Written by Francisco Márquez, Tomás Downey
Cinematography Federico Lastra
Editing Lorena Moriconi
Music Orlando Scarpa Neto
Sound Design Abel Tortorelli
Sound Abel Tortorelli
Costumes Jam Monti
Make-Up Dolores Giménez
Assistant Director Cecilia Kang
Casting Martina López Robol
Production Manager Nano Sanchez Dávalo
Producers Luciana Piantanida, Andrea Testa, Francisco Márquez
Executive Producers Luciana Piantanida, Daniel Pech
Co-Producers Daniel Pech, Dan Wechsler
Co-Production Multiverso San Pablo
Bord Cadre Geneve

Produced by

Pensar con las manos

Francisco Márquez

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1981, he studied at ENERC where he now works as a teacher. His first documentary, Después de Sarmiento, screened at several international festivals. His debut feature film, La larga noche de Francisco Sanctis, featured in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes. He is a partner in the Pensar con los manos production company and a member of the Colectivo de Cineastas, an organisation of directors, producers and technicians that campaigns for public policies regarding Argentine cinema.


2015 Después de Sarmiento (After Sarmiento); documentary 2016 La larga noche de Francisco Sanctis (The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis) 2020 Un crimen común (A common crime); Panorama

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020