Rodrigo Moreno is delinquent…
The first official trailer has been released for the Argentinian filmmaker’s The Delinquents, as he returns to feature filmmaking.
Billed as an “existential probe” into the work-life balance and what happens when it’s shattered and replaced with something radical and new, the film follows Morán, a bank employee in Buenos Aires who dreams up a risky plan to liberate himself and his co-worker Román from the shackles of working life: Morán will steal enough cash from the bank to fund their retirement if Román hides the money for him after he confesses and serves prison time; in three years’ time, they’ll reunite, split the cash, and never have to work again. Departing to the countryside to fulfill his side of the deal, the less adventurous Román finds himself transformed by Morán’s idyllic vision of economic liberation far from the rigors of urban life. But what is the true cost of freedom?
The film will debut in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes. Magnolia Pictures International is selling worldwide rights, including the US.
The film stars Argentinian actors Esteban Bigliardi, Daniel Elías, Margarita Molfino, Laura Paredes, Cecilia Rainero and Germán De Silva.
“Modern society has led us to live lives that we don’t want to live: there are so many obligations that strip our freedoms. The decision taken in my film invites us to escape this fate. The Delinquents is conceived as a film with light and humor,” Moreno said. “The story offers glimpses of life and not, as it could be expected from a film that takes on these issues, violence or darkness. These glimpses converge in fleeting romance, with poetry, in the enjoyment of rural life, in the establishment of a complicity between the protagonists.”
Moreno is best known for his 2012 feature The Custodian, which debuted at Berlin, played San Sebastian, and was nominated for three Argentinian Academy awards.