Saturday 4 March
Old habits die hard: The “disappearances” that marked the Videla regime in Argentina continued after the dictator’s fall in 1981, but the motive changed from politics to money. Arquimedes Puccio kidnapped wealthy men and women and held them for ransom in his home, using domineering control over his family and – for a time – the tacit protection of police to do it.
Arquímedes Puccio (Guillermo Francella) is the head of a very busy household. There’s his adult son Alex (Peter Lanzani), a rugby player for the Argentinian national team and a bit of a local celebrity, Epifánia (Lili Popovich), his wife of many years, his three younger children, and probably also one or two members of the public, gagged and chained to an iron bed in the cellar.
What the Critics say…
“It’s an increasingly bizarre story, but Trapero keeps you engrossed with a well-crafted script and terrific performances.” Total Film
Seyed M Tabatabaei
An imprisoned character in a room is attracted to a hanging light and tries to catch it. But the room itself becomes an obstacle in his quest.
PLEIN ETE (HIGH SUMMER)
A troubling moment in the balminess of a summer in the countryside. Whilst gardening, a young man sees his mother as a woman for the first time.