The Apostate

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    The Apostate

    El apóstata

    Directed by

    Spain, France, Uruguay


    80 min

    • Spanish

    Comedy drama

    Toronto IFF

    THE APOSTATE is a dramatic comedy that plunges into the scars of a young man who struggles to free himself of what he is unable to control. He submerges deep into issues of faith, guilt and desire. To apostate in the presence of authorities, deal with bureaucracy or to be a member of any group as something vital, seems to be the necessary passport, a cure to leave the past behind and welcome Ogalla's future, our antihero. Ogalla knows he doesn't want to be the person who he was before nor the person condemned if he were to follow his parents expectations; but to find his own path is very hard and, to start up, it seems helpful to turn his feelings into words. In the process of growing up as a late teenager and with the sincerity of whom addresses letters to a friend overseas, Ogalla goes over his weaknesses and miseries, the family heritage. This process of constant searching and questioning intertwines with: an old and intermittent relationship with his cousin, memories of his sexual renaissance, some confessions as a cruel child, the bond with a different kind of spirituality, his difficulties to follow the paternal path as a regular worker, the possibility of a change, the promises and the sweetness of a new maturity. While Ogalla takes us constantly to his tempestuous past, Madrid is revealed to us as a scenery of streets, tobacco stores, office buildings, parks and altars that helps us to picture Ogalla's real believes, how he loves and suffers this young man with a puzzling, tender and wild gaze.


    • Miami Encuentros - Miami IFF
    • Special Mention, FIPRESCI Award - San Sebastián IFF


    Labels & Line Ups


    Álvaro Ogalla
    Marta Larralde
    Bárbara Lennie
    Vicky Peña
    Kaiet Rodríguez
    Juan Calot
    Joaquín Climent
    Jaime Chávarri
    Álvaro Ogalla
    Nicolás Saad
    Gonzalo Delgado
    Federico Veiroj
    Arauco Hernández Holz
    Fernando Franco


    Weighty matters, tackled with a wonderful lightness of touch.

    Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter

    It takes us on a curious and often engaging stroll.

    Lee Marshall, Screen Daily

    The Apostate benefits from the same instinct to locate moments of absurdist comedy within the throes of existential crisis.


    Inflected with a sense of mischief and wonder that teeters on the edge of the devotional.

    Cinema Scope

    Brilliant & genuine!


    Federico Veiroj

    Federico Veiroj


    When I think about a film I want to make, I imagine myself as a spectator watching the film on the screen, in the theatre. The result of the film may vary, depending on the theatre imagined.

    Federico Veiroj (b. 1976 in Montevideo) majored in Social Communications Sciences. He worked at the Uruguayan Cinematheque, at the Spanish Film Library and as a film programmer. He has produced and directed short-films since 1996. ACNÉ (2008), his debut feature, premiered at the Director's Fortnight in Cannes and won awards at Cine en Construcción in San Sebastian, AFI – Los Angles, Havana FF and at SANFIC / Chile IFF. In 2009 ACNÉ was also nominated for the Goya awards as a Best Hispano-American Film. In 2010 premiered A USEFUL LIFE (LA VIDA ÚTIL), his second feature film which has won numerous awards at FICCI Cartagena, Valdivia IFF, Transilvania IFF and Istanbul IFF.
    In 2015, his third feature, THE APOSTATE screened, among others, at Toronto IFF and San Sebastián International Film Festival.

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