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 World premiere


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


DirectorFrancisco Márquez
Written byFrancisco Márquez, Tomás Downey
CinematographyFederico Lastra
EditingLorena Moriconi
MusicOrlando Scarpa Neto
Sound DesignAbel Tortorelli
SoundAbel Tortorelli
CostumesJam Monti
Make-UpDolores Giménez
Assistant DirectorCecilia Kang
CastingMartina López Robol
Production ManagerNano Sanchez Dávalo
ProducersLuciana Piantanida, Andrea Testa, Francisco Márquez
Executive ProducersLuciana Piantanida, Daniel Pech
Co-ProducersDaniel Pech, Dan Wechsler
Co-ProductionMultiverso, San Pablo
Bord Cadre, Geneve

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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