Athens International Film Festival
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AZOR

30/09/2021, 19:00, IDEAL
1/10/2021, 19:30, FLERRY CINEMA

During the 1980s dictatorship in Argentina, a Swiss banker goes missing under unclear circumstances. When his replacement decides to investigate the case himself, he is lost in a mystery which takes place behind the heavy doors of the offices of the bourgeoisie and the dense gardens of the nouveau riche beneficiaries of the regime. With an impressive and (charming) directorial debut which can’t be categorised, newcomer Andreas Fontana wanders down the dark corridors of power and modern diplomacy guided by the plot of a conspiracy thriller and an indirect literary reference to “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad. Director in attendance.


SWITZERLAND, FRANCE, ARGENTINA | 2021 | COLOR | DCP | 100’ | FRENCH, SPANISH, ENGLISH

Α Swiss banker arrives with his wife at Buenos Aires in 1980, trying to soothe his high clientele after the unexpected absence of his predecessor and partner at the bank. There he will be faced with falling aristocracy and rising junta engaging in purging. If this is Andreas Fontana’s debut, we cannot wait for what comes next. Reminiscent of Coppola as to its feeling and with its cinematography embracing completely Gordon Willis’ palette of The ‘Godfather III’, the film creates a wonderful slow-burning atmosphere, documenting the road to the heart of darkness – which becomes clear in the final chapter. The director’s representative virtuosity and historic scalpel offers a manual about money beyond class, conflict of interests and how great cinema needs tone and brilliance instead of commonplace sensationalism. I.D.

DIRECTOR: Andreas Fontana
SCREENWRITER: Andreas Fontana
DoP: Gabriel Sandru
MUSIC: Paul Courlet
EDITOR: Nicolas Desmaison
PRINCIPAL CAST: Fabrizio Rongione, Stéphanie Cléau, Carmen Iriondo, Juan Trench, Ignacio Vila

ANDREAS FONTANA
Swiss director born in 1982 in Geneva. He studied Comparative Literature in Geneva and Direction in Buenos Aires. He got his MA in 2010 in Lausanne. He works in Geneva. This is his debut film.

FILMOGRAPHY
2021
Azor


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        : International Competition

        BRUNO REIDAL, CONFESSION OF A MURDERER / BRUNO REIDAL

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        23/09/2021, 19:15, TRIANON
        27/09/2021, 22:15, RIVIERA

        GREAT FREEDOM / GROSSE FREIHEIT

        GREAT FREEDOM / GROSSE FREIHEIT

        23/09/2021, 21:45, DANAOS
        24/09/2021, 19:30, AEGLI ZAPPION

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        24/09/2021, 22:15, RIVIERA
        28/09/2021, 19:30, TRIANON

        THE FIRST DEATH OF JOANA / A PRIMEIRA MORTE DE JOANA

        THE FIRST DEATH OF JOANA / A PRIMEIRA MORTE DE JOANA

        25/09/2021, 19:45, RIVIERA
        29/09/2021, 22:00, AEGLI ZAPPION

        HIT THE ROAD / JADDEH KHAKI

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        25/09/2021, 22:15, AEGLI ZAPPION
        28/09/2021, 22:15, STELLA

        HUMAN FACTORS

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        26/09/2021, 21:45, DANAOS
        28/09/2021, 22:15, GREEK FILM ARCHIVE

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        27/09/2021, 20:00, STELLA
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        27/09/2021, 22:30, TRIANON
        30/09/2021, 22:30, GREEK FILM ARCHIVE

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        A BALANCE / YUKO NO TENBIN

        28/09/2021, 20:30, DANAOS
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        LIBERTAD

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        29/09/2021, 19:45, RIVIERA
        1/10/2021, 22:15, FLERRY CINEMA

        THE SACRED SPIRIT / ESPÍRITU SAGRADO

        THE SACRED SPIRIT / ESPÍRITU SAGRADO

        29/09/2021, 22:15, RIVIERA
        2/10/2021, 22:00, FLERRY CINEMA

        PRAYERS FOR THE STOLEN / NOCHE DE FUEGO

        PRAYERS FOR THE STOLEN / NOCHE DE FUEGO

        30/09/2021, 22:00, DANAOS
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        AWARD-WINNING FILM SCREENING

        AWARD-WINNING FILM SCREENING

        3/10/21, 21:30, FLERRY CINEMA