Passport to World Cinema brings a handpicked selection of the best international titles from around the globe to the PFS Roxy Theater for their first and often only opportunity to be seen on the big screen in Philadelphia. To enhance the viewing experience, in-depth discussions led by distinguished film critics and scholars follow the film screenings.
BENJAMIN NAISHTAT | ARGENTINA | 2018 | 109 MIN | SPANISH W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Tuesday, April 20 | 7:00 PM | PFS Roxy Theater
Set in the mid-1970s—a period in which Argentina was gripped by political unrest and a wave of mass disappearances— Rojo is the story of respected small-town lawyer and family man Claudio (Dario Grandinetti), whose comfortable life starts to fall apart after a violent altercation with an unhinged drifter. Confident that the disturbing incident is firmly behind him, Claudio gets back to business as usual. Yet a string of unsettling events suggest that something sinister is encroaching: A solar eclipse briefly bathes the nation in eerie, blood-red light, an eccentric TV detective shows up to investigate a missing person, and what seems at first like a straightforward potboiler gradually shifts into Lynchian nightmare territory. All the while, a pervasive air of distrust and incipient violence suggests that Claudio’s personal unraveling is only part of a nationwide moral breakdown. Vividly evoking the 1970s through period-specific art direction and strikingly stylized cinematography, director Benjamín Naishtat has concocted a thriller that’s both rigorous and richly entertaining