Berlinale

Gigante

Synopsis
Jara, who is 35, is a shy and lonely man who works in a suburb of Monte - video as supermarket security guard. It’s his job to keep an eye on the security cameras installed throughout the building. He doesn’t have a great deal to do because he works the graveyard shift when the store is like a ghost town. This gives him plenty of time to pursue his favourite pastimes: watching videos, doing crossword puzzles or listening to music. And so his life continues – until one day Julia enters his field of vision. Julia, who is 25, works at the supermarket as a cleaner. Jara immediately feels a strong attraction towards her. At first he spends hour after hour in front of the security monitors watching her work. But, before long, he begins to follow her after work: when she goes to the cinema, to the beach and even when she meets another man. His whole life gradually begins to revolve around Julia’s daily routine. One day rumours begin to spread among the staff that the company intends to lay off some of the workers. Some people are indeed made redundant – one of them is Julia. Jara now has a difficult decision to make. Should he drop his obsession? Or should he admit his feelings to Julia?


World premiere
February 2009, Berlin International Film Festival, Competition

Release in German cinemas
October 2009

Rights sold to
Germany, Argentina, Denmark, Brazil, Norway, Poland, The Netherlands, USA

Festivals (Selection)
Berlin International Film Festival 2009
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2009
Lima Latin American Film Festival 2009
Havana Film Festival 2009
BAFICI Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema 2009
Toronto International Film Festival
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Awards
Silver Bear (Jury Grand Prix) / Alfred Bauer Prize / Best First Feature Award, Berlin International Film Festival 2009
Horizons Award, San Sebastián International Film Festival 2009

Uruguay 2009
Director: Adrián Biniez (Argentina)
Producer: ControlZ Films (Argentina)
German distributor: Neue Visionen Filmverleih

Funded in the WCF jury meeting in July 2009
Distribution Funding: 10,000 €