Argentina in the mid-70s. Claudio, a provincial attorney with an honest face (Dario Grandinetti from Julieta and Talk to Her) gets into an argument at a restaurant—and a dispute over a table leads to shooting. This is not the only time the screen turns red thanks to the spectacular work of Brazilian cinematographer Pedro Sotero (Aquarius). After all, the country is ruled by a right-wing military dictatorship that, during the so-called Dirty War, was known for arrests, torture, murder and above all the phenomenon ofdesaparecidos—the mysterious disappearance of inconvenient individuals who were “removed” in secret by the authorities. But not only by the government. In Rojo—the third feature film by Benjamin Naishtat, a previous award winner at New Horizons for History of Fear—the political situation simply provides the background. More important than the regime’s actions is how the situation in the country is used by ordinary Argentinians who, in other circumstances, would surely be exemplary citizens.
Benjamin Naishtat was born in 1986 in Buenos Aires, where he graduated from film school. He lives and works there to this day. He studied at the Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains in France from 2009 to 2011. On the heels of successful short films that appeared at the Cannes and Rotterdam festivals, he made History of Fear (FIPRESCI award winner at the 17th New Horizons International Film Festival). A year later, the Locarno Festival screened The Movement, which was followed by Rojo in 2018, which captured three awards at the festival in San Sebastián for direction, cinematrography and acting.
2010 El juego / The Game (short)
2014 Historia strachu / Istoria del miedo / History of Fear
2015 El movimiento / The Movement