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The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis

La larga noche de Francisco Sanctis

2016, Francisco Márquez and Andrea Testa, Argentina, 78 min. With Diego Velázquez, Laura Paredes.

Show Times

  • Fri, Aug 25th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Aug 25th 8:15pm
  • Sat, Aug 26th 6:30pm
  • Sun, Aug 27th 5:15pm
  • Mon, Aug 28th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Aug 29th 8:15pm
  • Wed, Aug 30th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Aug 31st 8:15pm
Chicago premiere!

“A dark journey of the soul…one of the more understated and yet compelling evocations of life under the junta.” — Jay Weissberg, Variety

“Keep[s] the viewer claustrophobically locked in Francisco’s experience of the city, a labyrinth of shadow in which any number of threats lurk just off camera.” — Erin Delaney, Film Comment

Set in 1977 Buenos Aires under Argentina’s military regime, this low-key but suspenseful thriller makes a middle-aged apolitical office worker the reluctant messenger in a precarious plot to prevent the political kidnapping of two strangers. Francisco (Velázquez), a sad-faced family man, receives a call from a woman he knew in college, with a seemingly benign request to publish his student poem. Directors Márquez and Testa keep the story simmering just below the surface, floating subtle suggestions of humor even as they trigger unease and launch the threat that forces Francisco into a life-and-death odyssey that evolves in the dark empty streets just blocks from his home. In Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

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