Film on the Argentine dictatorship premiered at the Venice Film Festival

“Argentina, 1985” is a painful but necessary film for Latin America. This Argentinian film, premiering this weekend at one of the most prestigious festivals in the world -Venice-, tells the story of prosecutors Julio Strassera and Luis Moreno Ocampo, who in 1985 brought to justice the commanders of the last dictatorship in the Argentine army.

The military were accused of having committed crimes against humanity under the regime of Jorge Rafael Videla; he considered – along with Alfredo Stroessner of Paraguay – one of the bloodiest dictators in South America.

The film, although a fictional drama, is inspired by these real events and shows how the two prosecutors faced the case unintimidated by political power and threats. “The 1985 trial is a fundamental fact for Argentina. It inaugurates democracy and at the same time condemns violence as a possibility. We believed that the cinema should represent it, and we are proud to have been the first to present it to the world. Why hasn’t a movie like this been made before? I would not know how to say it. It may have taken a long time to be able to tell this story”, said director Santiago Miter during the presentation of the film in Venice. Mitre, in addition to directing the film, worked with Mariano Llinás on the screenplay.

The cast of “Argentina, 1985” is made up of famous actor Ricardo Darín (“The Secret in Their Eyes” and “Wild Tales”) as Julio Strassera, and Peter Lanzani (“The Clan” and “The Angel “) as Luis Moreno Ocampo. Darín and Lanzani are joined by Norman Briski, Laura Paredes, Claudio Da Passano, Alejandra Flechner, Carlos Portaluppi and Alejo García Pintos.

The 140-minute film is produced by La Unión de los Ríos, Kenya Films, Infinity Hill and Amazon Studios.

The production will be released theatrically in Argentina on September 29 and will be available on the Prime Video platform from October 21.


“Argentina, 1985” is one of two Spanish-language films competing in the official section of the 79th edition of the Venice International Film Festival, which runs from August 31 to September 10. The other film is “Bardo. False chronicle of some truths” directed by the Oscar-winning Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu. This film tells the life of a journalist who returns to his country to face his family, his memories and the new reality that surrounds it.

Audiences will have to wait until Saturday, September 10 to find out which film wins the Golden Lion for Best Picture and who the Volpi Cup-winning actors and actresses are in the Italian city.

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