Following the success of their feature debut Jennifer’s Shadow (2004) – an exercise in American Gothic set in a scary land called Argentina – Pablo Parés and Daniel de la Vega worked for a US company on a post-mega-disaster wasteland zombie film in which South America had been turned into an all-purpose, all-materials junkyard, with the undead as the last humane entities around (forget about the humans here!).

The project never materialised, but Diego Parés, Pablo’s brother, started to write and draw a comic series based on the screenplay – which so far remains a ruin, as only parts were finished and published. The ECish beauty and balls of Diego P.’s labour of love have now been congenially transformed by the directorial duo into a delightfully old-(1970s)school low-budget production, closer to Romero and Dante than Fulci and Lenzi. And the IFFR audience is in for the treat of treats: they get to see the film and can also enjoy the unfinished comic in an exhibition.

International title
I Am Toxic
Filmmaker
Daniel de la Vega, Pablo Parés
Premiere
European premiere
Country
Argentina
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
81’
Language
Spanish
Producer
Nestor Sanchez Sotelo, Daniel de la Vega
Production Company
Del Toro Films
Sales
Del Toro Films
Writer
Pablo Parés, Paulo Soria, Daniel de la Vega
Cinematography
Facundo Nuble
Editor
Matías Lojo
Production Design
Cecilia Castro
Sound Design
Pablo Sala
Cast
Fini Bocchino, Gastón Cocchiarale, Horacio Fontova, Sergio Podelei, Esteban Prol