Parabellum

  • 75'
  • Argentina
  • 2015

In recent years, filmmaker Lukas Valenta Rinner drily concludes, unease in the media concerning the impending end of the world has gradually increased – due perhaps in part to the devastating consequences of worldwide capitalism. At the same time, the ‘end of days’ itself has become a saleable commodity – for example, in many apocalyptic Hollywood films. Therefore, Rinner continues, it should not be difficult to come up with a tourism opportunity in which people prepare themselves for the apocalypse in a natural environment, in fact then escaping from the demoralising routine of big city life.

In his fiction debut, the Austrian director, who trained and lives in Argentina, sends a colourful group of middle-class Buenos Aires residents on a kind of boot camp in a resort in the nearby Tigre delta, where under the threat of the end of the world they become distanced from their humanitarian ideas and transform from citizens into predatory beasts.

Rinner shows this in controlled, beautifully framed scenes in a style that could be called Austrian – whereby the ironic, at times cruel, desperate tone proves highly effective. The title Parabellum refers to ‘preparing for war’ and is also the name of one of the most popular 9mm pistols – the best calibre for ‘individuals’ to defend their complete freedom against interference from others.

Director
Lukas Valenta Rinner
Premiere
World premiere
Countries of production
Argentina, Austria, Uruguay
Production Year
2015
Festival Edition
IFFR 2015
Length
75'
Medium
DCP
Language
Spanish
Producers
Lukas Valenta Rinner, Alex Piperno, Juan Pablo Martínez
Production Companies
Nabis Filmgroup S.R.L, La pobladora cine, 2Mcine
Sales
Patra Spanou Film
Screenplay
Ana Godoy, Lukas Valenta Rinner, Esteban Prado
Cinematography
Roman Kasseroller
Editor
Ana Godoy, Javier Favot
Production Design
Valentina Dariomerlo
Sound Design
Nahuel Palenque
Music
Dino Spiluttini
Cast
Pablo Seijo, Martín Shanly, Eva Bianco
Website
http://www.nabisfilm.com/parabellum