Berlinale: Programme

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Generation Kplus

Mochila de plomo

Packing Heavy


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‘If dad were alive… Would you still be together?’ · ‘Yes… Yes. I think so.’

Today is the day of truth. 12-year-old Tomás has listened to the grown-ups’ excuses and delaying tactics for long enough. His mother, his grandpa, the so-called friends of his dad have all conspired to weave a web of silence, excuses and contradictions. But now he’s had enough, because today is the day when the man who killed his father is being released from prison. And Tomás is ready. He has a loaded pistol in his rucksack. Fired up and determined to cut through the grown-ups’ lies, Tomás sets off though his home town. Following his debut Primero enero (Generation 2017) Darío Mascambroni once again demonstrates his talent for finely portraying a father-son story using atmospheric images close to his subject.

Darío Mascambroni

Argentina 2018


67’ · Colour

recommendation: 12 years and up

World premiere


Facundo Underwood (Tomás)
Gerardo Pascual (Pichín)
Elisa Gagliano (Andrea)
Agustín Rittano (Nenino)
Osvaldo Wehbe (Pancho)
Rubén Gattino (Jeje)


Darío Mascambroni
Darío Mascambroni, Miguel Angel Papalini, Florencia Wehbe
Director of Photography
Nadir Medina
Lucía Torres
Jeronimo Piazza, Jorge Nazar
Sound Design
Martin Analuf
Production Design
Ana María de Los Angeles Chacon
Mariana Asis
Melina Araya
Assistant Director
Florencia Wehbe
Production Management
Dalmira Tobal
Executive Producer
Fernanda Rocca
Fernanda Rocca, Darío Mascambroni


Darío Mascambroni

Born in Córdoba, Argentina in 1988, as a student he worked in various production capacities before focusing on directing and screenwriting. His feature film debut Primero enero (January) screened in the 2017 Generation and was awarded Best Picture - Argentine Official Competition at the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema (BAFICI). Mochila de plomo (Packing Heavy) won the Raymundo Gleyzer development award from the Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales.


2016 Primero enero (January); Generation 2018 Mochila de plomo (Packing Heavy)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018

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