Y Argentina, 1985of Santiago Miterwho star Ricardo Darin Y Peter Lanzani, gave its kick-off at the Venice Film Festival minutes ago. First there were the two screenings for the press and accredited industry people, which ended with applause, and included laughter in the middle of the screening. The international audience understood everything, and enjoyed it.
Then it was time for the press conference. And on the stand Argentina, 1985Not everyone got in. In the center were the director, Santiago Mitre, Ricardo Darín to his right, Peter Lanzani, to his left, and Alejandra Flechner.
Darín and Miter were received with a standing ovation by the accredited press at the Mostra. AP Photo
And also the producers Victoria Alonso (yes, the executive president of physical production of Marvel Studios, sitting next to Darín), Axel Kuschevatzky, Chino Darín, Federico Posternak and Agustina Llambí Campbell. And, sitting in the front row, Florencia Bas and Dolores Fonzi, partners of Darín and Mitre.
The film, which competes for the Golden Lion, focuses on the Trial of the military Juntas. Darín is the prosecutor Julio César Strassera, Lanzani composes Luis Moreno Ocampo, and Flechner is Strassera’s wife. It opens in theaters in Argentina on September 29, and Amazon will launch it on its streaming platform three weeks later. Tonight is the gala at the Palazzo del Cinema.
Alejandra Flechner, Ricardo Darín, Santiago Miter and Peter Lanzani, before attending the press. Reuters photo
“Hello,” says Darín, white jacket, green shirt. “Bravo!” they yell at him. And in the presentation of each of the members of the panel, they are all applause.
Santiago Miter started, responding to a general question, that “The trial of ’85 is a fundamental fact for Argentina, which inaugurates democracy and that from the condemnation of violence, it is a fact that the cinema had to portray. We are proud to be the first to have told it and to be able to present it to the world.”
Peter Lanzani came to Venice for the second time. The first was with “El Clan”, by Pablo Trapero, in 1985. AP Photo
Victoria Alonso joined. “It happened at this time, thanks to this magnificent group of people. Because living in a country, without democracy, without justice, that is not freedom.
Kuschevatzky added that “it is a film about something that happened, but it is about the fragility of democracy, and it is nothing more contemporary in the world we live in, the need for citizen commitment and justice to have individual freedoms.”
A journalist brought up the subject of the attack on Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. Miter responded that “the truth is that it was strong and a great shock for us. We were on the plane coming here when the attack happened, and we found out when we landed. It’s a horrible thing, we didn’t think it could happen.”
“The film looks forward, to new generations,” said Darín. AP Photo
“If there is something that we believed that the trial of ’85 had settled forever, it is violence as a possibility of resolving political conflicts. We strongly repudiate what happened. We believe that the Never Again of the Judgment’s allegation was forever, and violence continues to exist. The film takes on a vitality that we didn’t think it would have.”
“It is a story that reflects what, in my opinion, was one of the most important trials in Argentina -suggested Darín- and served as an example for the rest of the world. Although it speaks of the recent past, it has connotations in our reality and in all parts of the world. The film looks ahead, to new generations, to those who have to be very clear, and through examples and not speeches, of the importance of recovering dignity, not giving up, with justice and truth. “
“One of the most important perspectives that this film has is that projection into the future. It is true that in some sections, despite the darkness that the film has, these situations appear that are more relaxed, not comic. It was really very cumbersome to put together the prosecution team.”
Santiago Mitre: “The film takes on a vitality that we didn’t think it would have.” Photo AFP
“We must not forget that no one wanted to get on this titanic task. The most prestigious people refused, they did not believe that the trial was made, and there will be other explanations. Another feature is that the film is focused on humanity, and that is what it is committed to. looking to the future, for young people.”
Flechner recalled that “In my adolescence I lived through the civic-military dictatorship, my preparation for the character is tattooed in my life, in my body, in something that I lived through and that one does not know what is inside. I feel so proud to be in the film, because I feel that it is necessary, the past illuminates the present, and the present also illuminates the past. Today the trials against humanity continue, there are convictions”.
“I did not live through the dictatorship -interceded Peter Lanzani-, I was born later, but I understand something of humanity and that is what came to me the most from the script, and I was able to empathize with what happened, which marked us so strongly in our country. He knew the facts and understood what he was saying. What I empathized with the most about my character, Luis Moreno Ocampo, is that he found the way to lead the trial, and I felt the same commitment when Santi called me to play the character. Being able to narrate the film is a huge honor.”
Alejandra Flechner said that her character “is tattooed in my life, in my body, in something that I experienced.” AFP Photo
And he openly praised Darín, “for my generation he is an eminence, and first of all I discovered an impressive human being, and it was a great honor to do this with him and with Santiago”.
Darín was not far behind, and replied that “I can’t stop returning Peter’s praise. We made a good chemical match between us. I knew him because he is a friend of my son, I saw his work, which I liked, and in the daily meeting we strengthened a lot. And I think that to compose this duo of prosecutors, when one does not want to, two cannot. Thanks to his contribution, I felt really comfortable, and I’m happy because the result showed me that we weren’t wrong.”
“Art saves, always”
Alonso spoke of the violence in Argentina. “At 19 years old, it is not something that is not forgotten what we live, how we live it, when one begins to think about what I am going to do with my life, and art comes into your life. Maybe it takes 37 years, but it arrives, it’s part of our DNA, we can repress it, not wanting to see them, but it’s who we are. The violence we live in never goes away.”
“Death cannot be romanticized,” he said, “one thing is psychological violence, which we all experience, but death is a fact. The 30,000 disappeared, the 3 million who went into exile are facts, that is our flag , not just the blue and white. And for this moment of fragility of universal democracy, this film arrived, at the best time.”
“We, who live it, know that violence leads to nothing, and as a legacy to our children we can show them a chapter of our history. Art has responsibility. We did it in the best possible way, with changes here or there, but it was a genocide, with savage violence. Art saves, always.”
And to the question of how to suppress rage, anger at what happened, Darín answered, as always, wisely. “Since anger is repressed, I am not trained to respond in general, everyone does what they can with respect to anger, but it is important to review our own violence, internal violence, because we can inadvertently contribute to this generalized violence without realizing it. “
“If one has sensitivity, the first duty is to put oneself in the other’s shoes, even if we receive an attack. Because the snowball is difficult to stop. Hate is the only thing that does not prescribe.”
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