The power of this Argentine drama is shrouded in modesty. Through the prism of only two relationships, José Celestino Campusano sketches the difficult way sexuality is treated in different layers of Argentine society. Ariel is a good-looking farm boy who lives with his father and sister in a rural part of Buenos Aires province. He has become familiar with sex thanks to Omar, a priest with whom he has a secret affair. The film begins when Omar ends their relationship.

Campusano, to whom IFFR dedicated a retrospective in 2018, sketches a complex but unsentimental and realistic picture of sex and abuse. He shows how the church tries to hide transgressions; how priests themselves have sometimes been the victims of this; how people regard prostitutes as a remedy for homosexuality. Despite everything, Ariel starts to trust his own body more, and trusts the patriarchal world around him less.

Also see La secta del gatillo (VR).

Screenings

  • Mon 28 Jan Cinerama 7
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  • Tue 29 Jan LantarenVenster 3
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  • Wed 30 Jan Pathé 3
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  • Fri 1 Feb Pathé 6
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International title
Men of Hard Skin
Filmmaker
José Celestino Campusano
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Argentina
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
96’
Language
Spanish
Producer
José Celestino Campusano
Production Company
Compañia de Cine
Sales
Compañia de Cine
Writer
José Celestino Campusano
Cinematography
Eric Elizondo
Editor
Horacio Florentín
Production Design
Leonardo Padín, Mónica Amarillo
Sound Design
Alud Arte Sonoro
Music
Claudio Miño
Cast
Wall Javier, Germán Tarantino, Claudio Medina, Juan Salmeri, Camila Diez, Sergio Sarria, Malena Majul Lieun