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To Kill A Man

(Matar a un hombre)
Chile, 2014

Director/Writer: Alejandro Fernández Almendras
Producers: Eduardo Villalobos, Guillaume De Saille
Cinematographer: Inti Briones
Editors: Alejandro Fernández Almendras, Soledad Salfate
Cast: Daniel Candia, Daniel Antivilo, Alejandra Yáñez, Ariel Mateluna

How far will you go to protect your family? Jorge is a peaceful, hard-working man who seeks a simple, quiet life for himself and his family. One day, he is mugged and humiliated by a gang of thugs led by Kalule, a delinquent from his neighbourhood. This event infuriates his son as much for Jorge’s meek acceptance as for the act itself. The son, looking for retribution, ends up getting himself shot. Kalule is sent to jail and when he gets out 18 months later, begins a campaign of terror against Jorge and his family. The authorities do nothing, so Jorge decides to take matters into his own hands.

"Beautifully wrought and meticulously controlled, Alejandro Fernández Almendras’ tense drama follows a bullied man as he wrestles with the moral implications of revenge." VIFF 2014

Jorge es un padre de familia consciente, hombre tranquilo y trabajador que hace el dinero suficiente para cubrir sus necesidades. Una tarde es asaltado por Kalule, un conocido delincuente de la población donde viven. Su hijo decide recuperar lo poco y nada que su padre tenía. Kalule, al verse increpado balea al joven, quien se salva de la muerte. Kalule es condenado a sólo dos años y un día de cárcel. Al salir, decide intimidar a toda la familia; la policía dice que no puede hacer nada así que Jorge decidirá hacer justicia por sí mismo.

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Alejandro Fernández Almendras (b. 1971, Chillán, Chile) worked as a photographer, film critic and journalist before moving into filmmaking. His feature films include Huacho (2009) and Sentados frente al fuego (By The Fire) (2011). His third feature, To Kill a Man, won the Sundance World Cinema Grand Jury Prize.