Ofrenda depicts two women who, at various stages in their lives, happen to be in the same place. Being and time. That might sound vague, but this is nonetheless what it is. The young teens spend time in summery fields, in desolate, abandoned warehouses and other buildings on the outskirts of a small provincial town in the Argentinian pampas. The same spaces reoccur a few years later when the young women meet again when one of them returns with a backpack symbolising the knowledge acquired.

The script by the young Juan Mónaco Cagni (21) provides no dramatic narrative elements. It is clear that he knows the place and what it is like to grow up there. That he shot his debut with the help of friends and family for about €1,000 is basically irrelevant. The existential meanings his film elicits are universally recognisable, relatable and moving.

International title
Offering
Filmmaker
Juan Mónaco Cagni
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Argentina
Year
2020
Medium
DCP
Length
65’
Language
Spanish
Producer
Ariel Martínez
Production Company
4KL
Sales
Juan Mónaco Cagni
Writer
Juan Mónaco Cagni
Cinematography
Augusto Monaco
Editor
Juan Mónaco Cagni
Production Design
Ariel Martínez
Sound Design
Juan Mónaco Cagni, Augusto Monaco
Music
Bruno Fitte
Cast
Alma García, Leonela Laborde, Olivia Righetti, Carla Stankievich, Carlos Mallo, Eduardo Chourrout, Patches