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237 Ratings

The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis

La larga noche de Francisco Sanctis

Argentina, 2016
Drama, Thriller, Crime


An adaptation of Humberto Costantini’s homonymous novel, set in 1977 in Buenos Aires. In the midst of the dictatorship, a man receives information of the whereabouts or two people who are being searched by the military. Now he has the chance to save them, although that means risking his own life.

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The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis Directed by Andrea Testa, Francisco Márquez

Critics reviews

Given the meticulously crafted atmosphere of The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis, its sound design is noticeably and purposefully subdued.
January 27, 2017
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The nocturnal Buenos Aires through which he wanders is uncomfortably multi-coloured, blurry, inapprehensible. The film’s atmosphere of suffocation and claustrophobia is augmented by an impressively controlled performance from Diego Velázquez as Francisco, who looks to be about to explode from fear, frustration or regret at any moment. A remarkably assured debut from directors Testa and Márquez.
July 10, 2016
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It portrays no tortures, no murders, no detentions, no disappearances; it only refers to them, often subtly. Even the physical evidence of the regime is minimized, reduced to random soldiers patrolling a park. The intention isn’t to obscure the atrocities, though this could perhaps be an unwanted (and, if so, troubling) outcome, but rather to focus on what few films on this era have examined.
May 21, 2016
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