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Buenos Aires 1977

Director: Israel Adrian Caetano

Argentina| 2006. Subtitled. Colour. Dolby Digital Stereo. 102 min


Claudio Tamburrini (Rodrigo de la Serna) is a goalkeeper playing for a B-league soccer team in Buenos Aires in 1977, while Argentina is suffering the tyranny of military fascist rule. Cited for alleged leftwing sympathies, he is picked up by a task force working for the Argentine government, who take him to a clandestine detention centre know as Sere Mansion, a sinister old building in the suburban neighbourhood of Moron. Alongside other young detainees there, he is subjected to the sustained torment of interrogations, beatings, humiliations and betrayals, suffering relentless violence, both mental and physical. Are the men to endure this before their executions that look increasingly inevitable? Or might they summon the strength necessary to escape their tormentors. Based on Claudio Tamburrini’s incredible true story, director Israel Adrian Caetano’s film presents a remarkably realistic horror story, a tense, probing thriller set at a time in recent history that should not be forgotten, when between 10,000 and 30,000 people disappeared after being snatched from their homes or places of work by the country’s security forces. —Michael Hayden.

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