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El Patron, Anatomy of a Crime

(El Patrón, radiografía de un crimen)
Argentina, 2014

Spanish with English subtitles.

This incredibly disturbing story follows the exploitation of an apprentice butcher, Hermógenes, and his trial after he murders his boss in broad daylight. Hermógenes, a farmhand from northern Argentina, relocates to Buenos Aires in search of a better life for himself and his young wife, but soon finds himself at the mercy of a corrupt boss. The film is based on a thorough investigation of a real event that happened in Buenos Aires 10 years ago. Almost every scene in the film is inspired by real facts or based on well documented daily practices of the “meat business” and its environment. Both a shocking exposé of unscrupulous practices in the meat industry and a heart-wrenching personal story, El Patrón became one of the most successful Argentine films of 2014.

“...tackles some of the thorniest issues facing Argentina, among them regionalism, class discrepancies, corruption and judicial rigidity and does so in an unfussy style.” Elizabeth Kerr, The Hollywood Reporter

Un humilde peón de campo encuentra trabajo de carnicero en  Buenos Aires. Su patrón, un siniestro personaje dueño de varios locales, lo irá introduciendo al “negocio de la carne”. Mientras lo somete, mediante presión y chantaje a una verdadera esclavitud, la abrumadora crueldad desembocará inevitablemente en tragedia. La cinta basada en hechos reales se ha convertido en una de las producciones argentinas más premiadas del 2014.

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Sebastián Schindel (b. 1975, Buenos Aires, Argentina) is a cinematographer and founding member and manager of Magoya Films SA production company, where he has directed and produced various documentary films, among them the multi-awarded Mundo Alas (2009) and El Rascacielos latino (2012). El Patrón, his first narrative feature, won Best IberoAmerican First Feature at Guadalajara.


Director: Sebastián Schindel
Writers: Sebastián Schindel, Nicolás Batlle, Javier Olivera (based on the book El Patrón, radiografia de un crimen by Elias Neuman)
Producers: Nicolás Batlle, Fernando Molnar, Sebastián Schindel
Cinematographers: Marcelo Iaccarino
Editors: Andres Ciambotti, Sebástian Schindel
Cast: Joaquín Furriel, Luis Ziembrowski, Mónica Lairana, Guillermo Pfening, Victoria Raposo, Andrea Garrote