The Fire

Not available for screening anymore

  1. Extra

    The Fire

    El Incendio

    Directed by

    Argentina

    2015

    95 min

    • Spanish

    Drama

    Lucía and Marcelo are sitting in between boxes and packed bags. They are about to move into the flat they have just bought. Then the estate agent cancels, saying they will hand over the keys the next day and suddenly the two thirty-year-olds find themselves with time on their hands. This unexpected break forces them to stop for a moment and ponder their lives and their relationship. Marcelo is having a hard time accepting that the money for the apartment is coming from Lucía’s father. But his wage as a teacher precludes him for raising such a sum himself. At school he is being hassled by parents who claim he has treated their son badly. Lucía too argues with the owner of the restaurant where she works. Her body is also wracked by rather alarming coughing fits … Juan Schnitman’s twenty-four-hour slice of the lives of this young couple paints a portrait of an extremely tense and neurotic society that is about to explode. Looks, gestures and the slightest movements point towards complex insecurities in which love and hatred, silence and screaming are really two sides of the same coin.

    Awards

    • Transilvania Trophy - Transilvania IFF
    • International Critics' Award - (ex aequo) - Lima FF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Pilar Gamboa
    Juan Barberini
    Screenplay
    Agustina Liendo
    Cinematography
    Soledad Rodriguez
    Editing
    Andrés Pepe Estrada
    Music
    Karina Camporino
    Production
    PASTO CINE
    Sales
    FIGA FILMS

    Press

    A scorching debut feature.

    Jay Weissberg, Variety

    The Fire remains a perceptive study of a young couple caught between a playful, almost adolescent relationship and the commitments and duties of a working marriage.

    Lee Marshall, Screen Daily

    Juan  Schnitman

    Juan Schnitman

    Argentina

    Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1980, he grew up in the countryside before returning to Buenos Aires in the 1990s to study film directing at the Universidad del Cine (FUC). After graduating, he co-wrote and codirected LOVE (PART ONE) with Santiago Mitre, Alejandro Fadel and Martín Mauregui in 2005. The film premiered in the Settimana Internazionale della Critica at Venice. In 2007 he co-wrote and co-directed GRANDE PARA LA CIUDAD about the Uruguayan Brit-pop band Astroboy. EL INCENDIO is his solo fiction debut.