El movimiento

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El movimiento

Directed by Benjamín Naishtat

  • Argentina, South Korea 2015; 67 min
  • Original version: Spanish
  • Genre: Drama
    • Special Jury Prize - FIC Valdivia


EL MOVIMIENTO takes place during the first half of the Nineteenth Century, in a vast and desolated land which has fallen into anarchy. Several groups of armed men drift along the endless Pampas demanding support and food from the peasants. While there’s great rivalry among these groups, they all claim allegiance to the Movement, the name of the political organization they say they represent. Among these drifting gangs, there’s one led by Señor, an educated man who, together with two followers, intends to found a peaceful new order. While his enchanting words and manners seem appealing to the people, his methods reveal an unstoppable thirst for power.        

Director's Statement

EL MOVIMIENTO intends to deal with power. As individuals, we are born into this world and we find it already organized, all things and places have names and owners, all elements around us belong to a certain order. But that order, whatever it is, is not random or  natural, I would  say. It all started at some point.  

Coming from a Nation that is as young as 205 years old, I felt that diving into particularly dark periods of our foundation could help me understand the current situation and the prevailing violent idiosyncrasy of our everyday politics. Rather than creating a strictly historical plot, I went to the past only to put together certain characters whose motivations are absolutely contemporary because after all, as Faulkner says, the past is never dead. It’s not even past.  



    Federico Eibuszyc