Distrib Films US has announced the U.S. theatrical release of the acclaimed Argentine film Rojo, the third feature from Benjamín Naishtat (History of Fear, El Movimiento), winner of the Silver Shell Awards for Best Director and Best Actor and the Jury Award for Best Cinematography at the last edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival. Rojo opens on Friday, July 12 at Film at Lincoln Center and the Quad Cinema in New York, and on Friday, July 19 at the Laemmle Royal in Los Angeles, followed by other cities.
Set in Argentina during the Dirty War of the mid-seventies, on the eve of the nation’s descent into a military dictatorship, Naishtat’s hypnotic and neo-noir drama follows Claudio, a renowned middle-aged lawyer living a seemingly picture-perfect life in a deceptively quiet provincial city. One night, a stranger starts insulting Claudio in a restaurant for no apparent reason. The community supports him; the stranger is humiliated and removed. Later that night, the stranger—determined to wreak a terrible vengeance—intercepts Claudio and his wife Susana. Claudio then starts to move down a path of no return involving death, secrets, and silences—further complicated by the arrival of a Chilean private detective.
With powerful performances from its leading cast of Darío Grandinetti (Talk to Her, Wild Tales), Andrea Frigerio, and Alfredo Castro (Pablo Larraín’s The Club, No and Tony Manero), Rojo is a timely drama whose South American historical references hold eerie resonance for our contemporary political moment—suggesting social complicity in the unfolding of far-reaching authoritarian regimes. Rojo, one of the most talked-about films at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival following its world premiere, formalizes the young Naishtat as an emerging international star.