The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis
2016, Argentina, 80′ Color, Spanish
Director: Andrea Testa & Francisco Marquez
Cast: Diego Velazquez, Laura Paredas, Valeria Lois, Marcela Subiotto, Rafael Federman
2016 Cannes Film Festival, Un Certain Regard
2016 Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema Best Film, Best Actor Award
A man, two strangers and a life risking decision.
A dark journey of the soul constitutes. Co-directors Andrea Testa and Francisco Marquez has achieved to have a first step in Cannes in 2016 with this atmosphere-driven, haunting feature debut.
Buenos Aires, 1977. The military dictatorship governs the country. Despite the terrorizing political climate, 40-something office clerk Francisco Sanctis maintains a calm life with his wife and two small children. His only worry is the suspense of when he will be promoted at work. Francisco’s routine is upset one afternoon when Elena, an old college friend who he has not seen in 20 years, calls unexpectedly. She urgently needs Francisco to sign an authorization to publish a revolutionary poem he wrote long ago for a school bulletin. When they meet discreetly in her car, Elena confesses that the poem was an excuse. She tells Francisco an address and two names of people who are scheduled to be picked up by the army. It’s up to Francisco to warn them. And so begins the long night of Francisco Sanctis. Should he try to save the lives of two people he doesn’t even know at the risk of his own?