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To Kill a Man
Director_ Alejandro FERNANDES ALMENDRAS
Chile, France 2013 82min DCP color feature
Review

Chilean director Alejandro Fernandez Almendras´s third feature To Kill a Man follows a tranquil, middle-class family man, Jorge, whose neighborhood has become overrun by a fringe class of street thugs.

One night on his way home with a birthday cake he gets humiliatingly mugged by local hoodlums. Jorge’s teenage son boldly tries to stand up for his father, which only gets him a bullet in the leg. The police issue an ineffective restraining order, but when his young daughter gets sexually assaulted by the gang, Jorge quietly resolves to take matters into his own hands.

Injecting himself with insulin every day for his diabetes, Jorge pitifully struggles, desperate to get out of feckless situations and to protect his family. Fernandez Almendras terrifically calculates the tension with increasing violence and threats, which reaches its peak in the scene featuring a car alarm used as a lure.

Its well-knit plot gives the audience a rather intellectual satisfaction compared to the average movies of same style and it outstands with remarkable character portrayal. Winner of World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

CREDIT
  • DirectorAlejandro FERNANDES ALMENDRAS
  • ProducerEduardo VILLALOBOS, Guillaume De SAILLE
  • CinematographyInti BRIONES
  • Art DirectorDaniela LOPEZ
  • SoundPablo PINOCHET
CastDaniel CANDIA, Daniel ANTIVILO
DIRECTOR
Alejandro FERNANDES ALMENDRAS
Born in 1971, Chile. ALMENDRAS got his degree in Journalism at the University of Chile in 1996. He has worked as a film critic, photographer and journalist. Since 2002, he has directed several short films, including The ''Offering''(2003), ''From Afar''(2006) and Along Came the Rain. His first feature, ''Huacho''(2009) premiered at Critics' Week in Cannes Film Festival and screened at Jeonju International Film Festival in the Internatioanl Competition section.
Jeonju Office

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Seoul Office

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