Santiago Fillol
Thriller Drama Horror 106'
Argentina France Spain Spanish & English with English Subs
Awards Best Photography - 19 Festival de Sevilla 2022
Festivals 60 FICX 2022, 37 Mar de Plata IFF 2022, 19 Festival de Sevilla 2022 WP Locarno FF 2022

1975. An American filmmaker arrives in Argentina to film the story of the first revolt of laborers against landowners. His actors are clandestine militants, in danger of being slaughtered themselves.

"Matadero" takes a stark look at a historic tale through the maniacal lens of U.S. filmmaker Jared played by Julio Perillán ("Vicky Cristina Barcelona"), as he shoots a big-screen adaptation of the 19th-century text by Argentine writer Estaban Echeverría, exploiting the times and their trappings to create a piece of cinema meant to dig itself into the collective consciousness. Taking on social tensions that boil over, Jared’s lofty vision for his version will push the cast and crew to the brink. As his plot advances, ego and deception reign.

"'A potent modern film''
- Screen

'Auspicious dramatic feature debut"
- The Film Verdict

"Harrowing film that will keep viewers watching"
- Film Book

"Revolutionary carnage"
- Cineuropa

“Matadero” is written and directed by Santiago Fillol, produced by Fernando Molnar and Sebastián Schindel at Argentina’s Magoya Films (“El Patrón”) and Antonio Pita at Cordoba-based Prisma Ciné (“El Vasco”), alongside Andrea Queralt at France’s 4à4 Productions (“Fire Will Come”) and José Ángel Alayon and Marina Alberti at Spain’s El Viaje FIlms (“El Mar Nos Mira De Lejos”) and Tània Balló at Catalonia’s Nina Films.

Cast is rounded out by Malena Villa ("Angel"), Ailín Salas (“Lulu”), Rafael Federman (“Rojo”), Lina Gorbaneva (“La Verdad”), Ernestina Gatti (“Bailarina”), David Szechtman (“Hortensia”) and Gustavo Javier Rodríguez.