The Argentinean film Refugiado, the fourth feature film by Diego Lerman, will be the only Latin American film in competition at this year's Directors' Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival.
Starring Sebastián Molinaro and Julieta Díaz, Refugiado is in the words of the filmmaker, "an urban road movie and a sort of domestic thriller at the same time. It’s a living, simple and very emotional film."
Dressed in a Spiderman costume, four year-old Matías arrives at a women’s shelter with his mother Laura, and Tito, his little plastic dinosaur. They spend two days at the shelter, adapting to new rules of cohabitation and coming across many discoveries. Laura decides to leave the shelter, to set out and rebuild her broken family. With Matías, she begins a whirlwind tour through the city, where things once familiar now pose a threat. In this film, part-thriller and part-domestic road movie, strange characters and situation are triggers, always reflected through the eyes of Matías, for whom reality has unexpectedly turned into a true mystery. Slowly, Matías comes to term with the deep transformation of his world and all that is around him.
Lerman returns to Directors' Fornight after he premiered his previous film there, La mirada invisible / The Invisible Eye in 2010. He has also directed Mientras tanto / Meanwhile (2007) and Tan de repente / Suddenly (2003).
The 2014 edition of Directors' Fortnight will take place May 15-25 in Cannes, France.