Dressed in a Spiderman costume, four-yearold Matías arrives at a women’s shelter with his mother Laura, and Tito, his little plastic dinosaur. They spend two days at the shelter, adapting to new rules of cohabitation and coming across many discoveries. Laura decides to leave the shelter, to set out and rebuild her broken family. With Matías, she begins a whirlwind tour through the city, where things once familiar now pose a threat. In this film, which is part-thriller and part-domestic road movie, strange characters and situation are triggers, always reflected through the eyes of Matías, for whom reality has unexpectedly turned into a true mystery. Slowly, Matías comes to term with the deep transformation of his world and all that is around him.
Refugiado is an urban road movie and a sort of domestic thriller at the same time. It’s a living, simple and very emotional film. Furthermore, it’s a film about relationships, about differences, and the powerlessness that comes from not being able to resolve one’s conflicts through mutual understanding. This film’s not about big drama. It’s a road story, an escape, a get-away towards the future, with elements of humour and most of all, a crisp and lively presence of humanity. There will also be a constant tension, a thriller-like undertone which will generate suspense. I plan to be there on the set with the camera ready to catch and capture the treasure of the innocent.
Cannes International Film Festival 2014, Quinzaine des Réalisateurs
Key festivals and awards
Silver Hugo, Chicago International Film Festival 2014
Best Film, Sale Films des Femmes
San Sebastian International Film Festival 2014
La Habana International Film Festival 2014
Director: Diego Lerman
Producers: Campo Cine (Argentina), 27 Films Production (Germany)
German WCF partner: 27 Films Production
World sales: Memento Films International (France)
Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in July 2012
Funding amount: 40.000 €