This filming of the true, shocking story of the Puccio clan by director Pablo Trapero (Tiger Award winner with Crane World, 1999), with Guillermo Francella in the main role as psychopathic family head (and former junta collaborator), was a hit in Argentina and good for a Silver Lion in Venice for Best Director.
In the early 1980s the Puccios kidnap fellow neighbourhood residents in Buenos Aires to ask ransom, then kill them anyway. On the surface the members of the family are all decent shopkeepers, who dutifully sweep their own doorstep. Meanwhile they sway the sceptre in a horror-like shadow world, with terrified, gagged victims in the cellar. The state of mind and methods of the family - whose distorted relationships the film incisively shows with lively pop songs as wry counterpoint - are intimately related to the dictatorship, the power structures of which have persisted underground since the introduction of democracy in 1983.

International title
The Clan
Filmmaker
Pablo Trapero
Country
Argentina, Spain
Year
2015
Medium
DCP
Length
108’
Language
Spanish
Producer
Matiás Mosteirín, Pablo Trapero, Agustín Almodóvar, Pedro Almodóvar, Esther García
Production Company
Kramer & Sigman Films, Matanza Cine Srl., El Deseo SA
Sales
Film Factory Entertainment
Writer
Pablo Trapero, Esteban Student, Julian Loyola
Cinematography
Julián Apezteguia
Editor
Pablo Trapero, Alejandro Carrillo Penovi
Production Design
Sebastián Orgambide
Sound Design
Vicente D'Elia, Leandro de Loredo
Music
Sebastián Escofet
Cast
Guillermo Francella, Peter Lanzani