Argentina’s Santiago Mitre will have not one, but two films setting sail this year. The long awaited Petite fleur (15 Ways to Kill Your Neighbour) will likely premiere before the ambitious Argentina, 1985 (his fifth feature). A Cannes regular, Mitre was at the Critics’ Week section for Paulina (2015) and moved up the Croisette to premiere The Summit in Un Certain Regard (2017). Before that he had his debut 2011’s The Student preem in Locarno. Co-written by Mariano Llinás, production began in August of last year (obviously in Argentina) with Ricardo Darín returning to the fold – his character prosecutes the heads of Argentina’s bloody military dictatorship. Peter Lanzani also stars. Producers are Axel Kuschevatzky, Federico Posternak, Agustina Llambi-Campbell, Ricardo Darín, Santiago Mitre, Santiago Carabante, Chino Darín and Victoria Alonso.
Gist: It focuses on an extraordinary but real life event of which Argentineans can feel proud: the true story of how a public prosector, Julio Strassera, a young lawyer, Luis Morena Ocampo, and their inexperienced legal team dared to prosecute the heads of Argentina’s bloody military dictatorship in a battle against odds and a race against time, braving bomb and death threats.
Release Date/Prediction: The Amazon project should be ready for the fall festival season – a Venice competition slot is not impossible. Amazon Prime Video release is scheduled for this year.