Elefante blanco
White Elephant

Pablo Trapero

Argentina/Spain, Drama, 2012
111 min, 35mm, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

In the “Villa Virgin,” a shantytown in the slums of Buenos Aires, two priests and long-standing friends, work tirelessly to help the local people. Nicolas (Jérémie Renier, IN BRUGES, ATONEMENT) is devastated by a failed project which led to the assassination of members of his community, and he joins Julian (Ricardo Darín, THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES, CARANCHO) in the construction of a new hospital. As his spirits wane, Nicolas seeks solace in Luciana (Martina Gusman, CARANCHO, LION'S DEN), a young, attractive atheist social worker. Tension and violence grow between the slum’s drug dealing cartels, and when work on the hospital is halted by ministerial decree, the faith of the entire community is put to the test.

Regional Premiere



PabloTrapero Pablo Trapero began his international career in 1999 with his first feature MUNDO GRÚA. The film marked a turning point in Argentinean Cinema, and inspired numerous young directors. In 2002, he formed Matanza Cine in Buenos Aires, through which he has produced his own features and those of other Argentinean and Latin American filmmakers. His most recent feature ELEFANTE BLANCO and 7 DAYS IN HAVANA (to which he contributed one of seven short films) both screened in 2012 in Cannes.

Producer: Juan Gordon, Pablo Trapero, Juan Pablo Galli, Juan Vera, Alejandro Cacetta
Production Companies: Matanza Cine, Patagonik, Morena Films, Full House
Screenwriter: Alejandro Fadel, Martín Mauregui, Santiago Mitre, Pablo Trapero
Cinematographer: Guillermo Nieto
Editor: Pablo Trapero, Nacho Ruiz Capillas
Sound Design: Carlos Lidón
Music: Michael Nyman
Cast: Jérémie Renier, Ricardo Darín, Martina Gusman

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