During a crisis, there is no one you can count on more than your immediate family. A young man named Jesús (Nicolás Durán) is convinced of this after committing a brutal crime in a desperate act of youth rebellion. Although his relationship with his father had never been particularly good, he was in fact the first person he turned to for help. Fernando Guzzoni's second feature film is a mature, well-executed, and raw portrait of broken family relationships, of the chasm that divides generations in a country marked by historical and political conflict, and of growing up when there seems to be no hope. It is also a socially and geographically specific profile of a generation that, in order to be able to feel anything, need extremely strong sensations and stimuli. Whatever might be considered ordinary is not enough. Instead of offering easy answers, Jesús instead asks some important questions, though without unnecessary pathos or moralizing. The film places the title character in a Conrad-like core of darkness on the crowded streets of Santiago instead of an ancient jungle.
Fernando Guzzoni is a director, screenwriter, and producer from Santiago de Chile. From his early adolescence, he was fascinated by film, music, and history. At the age of 22, he made his first film, LaColorina, which was screened at numerous festivals around the world. When he is not working on further film projects, he teaches at theater and film schools and finds fulfilment making commercials. Jesús is his second feature film. His first, Carne de Perro, won the award for best debut at the Göteborg Festival.
2008 La Colorina (doc.)
2012 Carne de perro / Dog Flesh