To Kill a Man
World Dramatic


Spanish with English subtitles, 2014, 82 minutes, color, Chile/France

World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic

Jorge is a tranquil, middle-class family man whose neighborhood has become overrun by a fringe class of street thugs. His comparatively fortunate existence makes him the target of their intimidation one night, and a hulking outlaw robs him of his insulin needle. Jorge’s teenage son boldly tries to stand up for his father, which only serves to unleash the bully’s terrorizing reign of threats upon the family. Jorge and his wife, Martha, seek protection from the legal system but are subjected to civic drones and bureaucratic procedure, so they remain vulnerable. As Jorge’s family suffers from fear and humiliating anguish, the situation paints him as a deficient patriarch—until he’s cornered into defending what’s his.

Lines of class and masculinity ignite friction in this rugged thriller, adeptly shot with a discerning eye. Director Alejandro Fernández Almendras elevates raw grit to a new level with a tone that is both elemental and prophetic. Rife with unnerving tension, To Kill a Man is ultimately a surprising exploration of the heavy burden of what it takes to do what the title suggests.

Director: Alejandro Fernández Almendras

Screenwriter: Alejandro Fernández Almendras

Producers: Eduardo Villalobos, Guillaume De Saille

Cinematographer: Inti Briones

Sound: Pablo Pinochet

Editors: Alejandro Fernández Almendras, Soledad Salfate

Principal Cast: Daniel Candia, Daniel Antivilo, Alejandra Yañez, Ariel Mateluna

About the Director

Alejandro Fernández Almendras has worked as a film critic, photographer, and journalist. He has directed several short films, including Lo que trae la luvia (Along Came the Rain), which screened at the Berlin International Film Festival. His first feature, Huacho, won the Sundance/NHK International Filmmaker Award and premiered during Critics' Week at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. The film won the award for best first feature in Havana, best film at the Viña del Mar International Film Festival, and best director at the Punta del Este International Film Festival. Sentados frente al fuego (By the Fire), his second feature, premiered at the 2011 San Sebastián International Film Festival and won the jury prize at the Toulouse Latin America Film Festival.


1/17/2014 9:00 pm
Egyptian Theatre, Park City
1/18/2014 1:30 pm
Redstone Cinema 7, Park City
1/19/2014 6:00 pm
Broadway Centre Cinema 6, SLC
1/23/2014 9:00 am
Temple Theatre, Park City
1/24/2014 12:00 pm
Yarrow Hotel Theatre, Park City