The name of Venice "Argentina 1985" sheds light on the fateful trial of the Argentine military junta

The name of Venice “Argentina 1985” sheds light on the fateful trial of the Argentine military junta

For Argentina Santiago Mitrehis legal drama “Argentina 1985”, a contender for the “Golden Lion” at the 79th Venice Film Festival, is an exploration of the machinations of power from within, like its last four features. But unlike those films, Argentina 1985 is based on a true event, the trial of Argentine warlords who ruled with brutal impunity until democracy was finally restored in 1983.

The civil trial is considered one of the most significant in modern world history, along with the Nuremberg trials, when the defeated Nazi leaders were put on trial. The difference between this story of David and Goliath is that the Argentine military junta was still in power when they were put on trial for their crimes.

Constructed as a thriller but with elements of witty humor, Argentina 1985 is based on the story of chief prosecutors Julio Strassera and Luis Moreno Ocampo and their young team of lawyers, who race against time to collect enough evidence and witnesses before the court. date, fighting off death threats before and during the trial. The car bombs were blown up in an attempt by the military to intimidate them.

co-production between Amazon Studios, La Unión de los Ríos Mitre, Kenya Films and Infinity Hill will also perform at the festival in San Sebastian and Zurich. It will be released in theaters and on Prime Video in the fall.

“For me and my fellow Argentines, this has always been an important and exciting event,” says Mitre, who was surprised to find that the trial was never shown on big or small screens in Argentina.

“It started as a conversation between us about four years ago. We asked ourselves what the story of Argentina has not yet been told,” says lead producer Axel Kuszczewacki of Infinity Hill, who has known Mitra since he produced the director’s feature film debut, Paulina.

Stars Ricardo Darin (The Secret in Their Eyes, Wild Tales) and Peter Lanzani (The Clan) joined the project before the script was even written. Darin, who starred in Mitre’s The Summit, also produced for his company Kenya Films.

Working with his regular writing partner Mariano Llinas, Mitre delved deeply into research, interviewing witnesses, litigants, digging through archives and visiting some websites, which took two years. “We wanted a thorough and truthful reconstruction of events, although we took creative liberties with some details,” he recalls. Luckily, they managed to rent a real courtroom, which remained intact. “We felt like we had traveled back in time,” he muses, detailing how he worked closely with art director Mikaela Sayeh and cinematographer Javier Giulia to recreate that era.

Although they allowed themselves some creative freedom, and some of the characters were made up of different people, the actors repeat the wills in court verbatim, he notes. “Court scenes can be methodical and dry, so it wasn’t easy to make this a courtroom thriller with elements of tension and intense emotion,” he says. “It was a great educational experience, I think that Argentines and the rest of the world will learn a lot of little-known details,” he adds.

“One of the reasons we made this film is because most of us have small children; we did this for future generations and, above all, to demonstrate how fragile democracy is,” notes Kuschevatsky, adding: “While there will always be doubts that justice can prevail in democracy; this test proves that it can be done. The message is universal and can be applied to the current state of the world we live in: “No one is above the law.”

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