A police helicopter circles over a gated community on the outskirts of a large city. Something must have happened. The very first shot of this directorial debut conveys the paranoia which shrouds this film about the fears of an increasingly detached social class. Even a hole in the fence represents a life-threatening event. The other side of their self-made barrier marks the beginning of a social netherworld where they are convinced dubious and unpredictable creatures with designs on their wealth are lurking. The camera takes a step back to capture but also to question in grotesque and absurd tableaux this diffuse anxiety and almost primeval fear. When Argentina was rocked by a severe economic crisis several years ago, politicians exploited people’s fears in order to foster a general feeling of insecurity. In his ironic portrait of a constantly fragmenting society, Benjamin Naishtat ponders this development.
- New Directors Award - San Francisco IFF
- Best Film (Art International Competition), FIPRESCI Award - T-Mobile New Horizons IFF
- Jonathan Da Rosa
- César Bordón
- Mara Bestelli
- Claudia Cantero
- Mirella Pascual
- Francisco Lumerman
- Tatiana Giménez
- Benjamin Naishtat
- Soledad Rodriguez
- Fernando Epstein
- Andres Quaranta
- Pedro Irusta
- Maximiliano Silveira
- VISIT FILMS
- REI CINE
An impressive debut feature that relies on visuals and the power of suggestion to talk about abstract notions such as angst.
Naishtat doesn’t seem confined to homage, but instead has fresh, regionally relevant observations to make.
...at 80 minutes and with everything moving along with such wit, strangeness and menace, one can’t help wanting more.
I was given an 8mm camera at age 11, and I would make shorts with friends from school, crazy horror or action films or very bad animations.
Benjamin Naishtat was born in Buenos Aires in 1986, where he lives and works. He conducted grade studies at Universidad del Cine (Argentina) in Buenos Aires, followed by a two year contemporary arts program in Le Fresnoy (France). He has done both fiction shortfilms such as THE GAME (which premiered at Cannes Cinéfondation in 2010 and won Best Short at Bafici) and experimental works such as HISTORY OF EVIL (which played in Rotterdam in 2011 and went on to a circuit of galleries and art shows). His debut feature HISTORY OF FEAR (2014) opened at Berlinale´s Official Competition and won main awards at Jeonju, San Francisco and Wroclaw New Horizons. It also played in over 40 international festivals including New Director’s New Films, Indie Lisboa, London BFI, Rio IFF, Karlovy Vary and Tolouse. It had a theatrical release in six countries. EL MOVIMIENTO, his second feature, screened at the Locarno Film Festival in 2015. His latest project PUAN was selected at the Berlinale Coproduction Market 2021.