Cerca de la frontera

Rodolfo Durán

A journalist from Buenos Aires is threatened under the military dictatorship and tries to flee the country. He rediscovers inner peace in a small community around the unorthodox priest Gabriel.

The journalist Esteban flees to the northern border of Argentina. He is no longer safe in 1978 Buenos Aires: he is threatened for an article he wrote that has raised eyebrows. Driven by fear and inner conflicts he decides to leave the city as fast as he can. But it turns out to be impossible to cross the border. He returns to a village close to the border, where he stays with father Gabriel, a priest whose ideas and attitude to life are far removed from the traditional church. There Esteban also meets Marina and Margarita, people with a strong conviction too who make a deep impression on him. The film, that is at first hectic and imbued with a continuous feeling of fear, gradually adopts a more sedate tempo as Esteban's nightmares give way to inner peace. His stay in the border village will have a decisive influence on his life. When he eventually gets a chance to cross the border, he has found the strength to see and challenge the danger. So he decides to return to Buenos Aires. It remains unclear whether his fear was justified, but the film clearly shows that a feeling of fear and threat is inherent in daily life in Argentina.

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Filmmaker
Rodolfo Durán
Premiere
International premiere
Country
Argentina
Year
1999
Medium
35mm
Length
91
Language
Spanish
Producer
Opera Prima srl, Gastón Ocampo
Sales
Opera Prima srl
Writer
Eduardo Leiva Müller, Rodolfo Durán