Dir: Benjamín Naishtat, 2018, Argentina/Brazil/France/Netherlands/Germany/Belgium/Switzerland, English and Spanish with English subtitles, 109 minutes
Mon 23 September 2019 // 20:00
Tue 24 September 2019 // 20:00
Tickets: £5 (full) / £4 (concession)
Set in 1975 Argentina, this noirish drama from Benjamín Naishtat (History of Fear) tells the story of a morally compromised lawyer. Claudio is being investigated over a shady real estate deal in the months leading up to the right-wing coup that ousts Isabel Perón. With a style reflective of the 1970s, from the grainy visual palette to the use of zooms, slow motion, and deep focus, Rojo adroitly captures a deeply unsettled time in Argentina when a corrupt political system encouraged a general lawlessness and moral vacuity among its populace.
“The complacency and corruption of pre-coup Argentina is laid bare in chilling, absurd style in Benjamín Naishtat’s superb third feature.”—Jessica Kiang, Variety
Film of the week, Jonathan Romney Film Comment