Javier Belmonte paints large canvases with male nudes in impossible positions. They are really all self-portraits. The artist is 43 and imprisoned in a midlife crisis. He leads the unstructured life of a bohemian, flitting from one woman to another. He always wears a sturdy leather jacket but sits crying in the opera at night. The fact that his ex-wife is expecting and his 10-year-old daughter Celeste seems to be drifting away from him makes him insecure. Family life is what he actually wants. But he's too maladjusted and stubborn to convince himself he is suitable for that. 

Belmonte, an atmospheric portrait of a man emotionally caught in the middle, is convincingly carried by protagonist Gonzalo Delgado, who is also a painter in real life and works as a production designer for important Uruguayan films like Whisky and Acné. He looks both exhausted and agitated, and is helpless in a macho away.

Filmmaker
Federico Veiroj
Country
Uruguay, Mexico, Spain
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
75’
Language
Spanish
Producer
Federico Veiroj
Production Company
Cinekdoque
Sales
Meikincine Entertainment
Writer
Federico Veiroj
Cinematography
Analía Pollio, Arauco Hernández Holz
Editor
Manuel Rilla, Fernando Franco
Production Design
Nicole Davrieux, Alejandro Castiglioni
Sound Design
Daniel Yafalián
Cast
Gonzalo Delgado, Olivia Molinaro Eijo, Jeanette Sauksteliskis, Tomás Wahrmann, María Noel Gutiérrez, Marcelo Fernández Borsari, Alejandro Castiglioni