Official Selection


Santiago Fillol | Argentina, Spain, France | 2022 | 106 min.
O.V. in English and Spanish, subtitled in English and Spanish

A legendary American B-movie filmmaker faces the late and controversial release of his cursed film, an adaptation of Esteban Echeverría's El matadero, a founding title of narratives about the repressive brutality of the state and class struggle, whose shooting ended tragically. Santiago Fillol, also screenwriter of Oliver Laxe's Mimosas and O que arde, directs his first solo feature film, an enthralling thriller set in Argentina in the seventies and traversed by the tension of violence that is always on the verge of exploding. A surprising fiction debut where the complexity of the best political cinema goes hand in hand with the suspense of a genre film and a reflection on the aesthetics of radical cinema.

Direction: Santiago Fillol
Screenplay: Santiago Fillol, Edgadro Dobry, Lucas Vermal
Cast: Julio Perillán, Malena Villa, Ailín Salas, Rafael Federman, Lina Gorbaneva, Ernestina Gatti, David Szechtman, Gustavo Javier Rodríguez
Cinematography: Mauro Herce
Editing: Cristóbal Fernández
Music: Cristóbal Fernández, Gerard Gil
Productor: Fernando Molnar, Nicolás Avruj
Coproductor: Andrea Queralt, José Ángel Alayón, Marina Alberti, Tània Balló, Antonio Pita
Production: El Viaje Films, 4 A 4 Productions, Nina Produccions, Magoya Films [AR], Prisma Cine [AR]

Argentina, 1977. Santiago Fillol is a film director, screenwriter, and producer with a Ph.D. in Audiovisual Communication from Pompeu Fabra University, where he is currently a professor. Fillol’s directorial and screenwriting debut came in 2009 with Ich bin Enric Marco, which was present at the SSIFF and Locarno. Sharing his career as a screenwriter with Óliver Laxe, he created two of the best-known features of his filmography: Mimosas in 2016 and Fire Will Come in 2019, winner of the Gaudí Award for Best European Film and the Best Screenplay Award at the Mar de Plata International Film Festival. Matadero, Fillol’s latest film, was nominated for a Golden Leopard at Locarno.