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Benjamín Naishtat
Argentina 2018 / 109’
Monos The Flower (Part 1)

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.

Adam Kruk


San Sebastián FF 2018 – Best Director, Cinematography, Actor

Benjamín Naishtat

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.

Selected filmography

2010 El juego / The Game (short)

2014 Historia strachu / Istoria del miedo / History of Fear

2015 El movimiento / The Movement

2017 Rojo

Cast & Crew

director Benjamín Naishtat
screenplay Benjamin Naishtat
cinematography Pedro Sotero
editing Andrés Quaranta
music Vincent van Warmerdam
cast Darío Grandinetti, Andrea Frigerio, Alfredo Castro, Laura Grandinetti, Diego Cremonesi, Susana Pampín
producer Barbara Sarasola-Day, Federico Eibuszyc
production Pucara Cine, Desvia, Ecce Films, Viking Film, Sutor Kolonko, Bord Cadre Films, Le Tiro, Jempsa
sales Luxbox
language Spanish, English
colouration colour