Fri 19 Nov 2021 - Thu 25 Nov 2021
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Dir. Andreas Fontana
2021 | 100 mins | Switzerland
French with English subtitles
Fabrizio Rongione, Elli Medeiros, Stephanie Cleau
A remarkably assured debut from Swiss director Andreas Fontana, Azor invites us into the alluring world of the ultra-wealthy in 1980s Argentina. With the country in the clutches of a military dictatorship, violence is always simmering just under the surface. Atmospheric and
slyly seductive, this sophisticated political thriller teems with exquisite scenery and ominous conversation.
Set in Buenos Aires, the film follows private banker Yvan (Fabrizio Rongione, Two Days, One Night) as he arrives from Geneva with his wife Ines (Stéphanie Cléau) to replace a mysteriously missing colleague and placate their moneyed clientele. Moving through the smoke-filled lounges and lush gardens of a society under intense surveillance, he finds himself untangling a sinister web of colonialism, high finance, and a nation’s “Dirty War”.
A highlight from this year’s Berlinale and New Directors/New Films, Azor evocatively depicts the uneasy interplay between wealth and power. Written in collaboration with Argentinian filmmaker Mariano Llinás (La Flor), this is a riveting look at international intrigue worthy of John le Carré or Graham Greene.