Benjamín Naishtat's ROJO Wins Three Top Prizes at San Sebastian


The Argentine film Rojo, the third feature film by Benjamín Naishtat (History of Fear, El Movimiento) was the winner of three of the top awards in the main competition at the San Sebastian Film Festival. Naishtat received the Silver Shell for Best Director, Darío Grandinetti was presented with the Silver Shell for Best Actor, and Brazilian DP Pedro Sotelo was the winner of the award for Best Cinematography.

Also starring Alfredo Castro and Andrea Frigerio and set in the mid-seventies, Rojo follows a strange man as he arrives in a quiet provincial Argentine city. In a restaurant, without any apparent reason, he starts insulting Claudio, a renowned lawyer. The community supports the lawyer and the stranger is humiliated and thrown out of the place. Later that night the stranger, who is determined to wreak a terrible vengeance, intercepts Claudio and his wife Susana. The lawyer then takes a path of no return involving death, secrets and silences.

Other Latin American winners at the 66th edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival include the Argentine film Familia sumergida / A Family Submerged by Maria Alché, winner of Horizontes Award for Best Latin American film, and Agustín Toscano’s The Snatch Thief / El motoarrebatador, also from Argentina, which received a Special Mention in the same competition.

The 66th edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival took place September 21-29 in Spain.