Argentina, 1985 is a 2022 Argentine historical legal drama film produced and directed by Santiago Mitre. Written by Mitre and Mariano Llinás, it stars Ricardo Darín, Peter Lanzani, Alejandra Flechner and Norman Briski. The film follows the Trial of the Juntas, the 1985 trial of members of the military government that ruled Argentina under the dictatorship of the Proceso de Reorganización Nacional, during which the torture, extrajudicial murder and forced disappearances of civilians was a systematic occurrence; it focuses on the perspective of the prosecution team led by Julio César Strassera and Luis Moreno Ocampo, including their investigation prior to the trial.
Co-produced by Argentina, the United Kingdom and the United States, Argentina, 1985 premiered in the main competition at the 79th Venice International Film Festival on 3 September 2022, where it won the FIPRESCI Award from the International Federation of Film Critics. Theatrically released in Argentina on 29 September 2022, and in the United Kingdom and United States on 21 October 2022, it was a commercial success, debuting at number one at the Argentine box office and becoming the most-watched Argentine film of 2022. It received critical acclaim, and won, among others, the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film, the Goya Award for Best Ibero-American Film and the National Board of Review Freedom of Expression Award. It was also named one of the top five international films of 2022 by the National Board of Review, and received an Academy Award nomination for Best International Feature Film.
In 1985, Argentina has had a democratic government for less than two years after its last military dictatorship collapsed in the aftermath of the 1982 Falkland Islands War. Public prosecutor Julio César Strassera is chosen to make the government's case against the military junta for alleged crimes against humanity after the military courts declined to press charges. The junta have retained the services of senior, experienced lawyers, while Strassera struggles to find lawyers to form his prosecution team amongst Argentina's largely conservative legal community. Strassera meets Luis Moreno Ocampo, his assigned deputy prosecutor, but initially rejects his offer for help, particularly after learning of his family's strong military ties and their support for the junta. Strassera receives several death threats, leading the government to assign him a security detail for him and his family.
Argentina, 1985 had its world premiere in the main competition for the Golden Lion at the 79th Venice International Film Festival on 3 September 2022. It was theatrically released in Argentina on 29 September 2022. Amazon Studios released the film in select theaters in the United States on 30 September 2022, before it started streaming on Prime Video on 21 October 2022.
The film was released theatrically in Argentina on 29 September 2022. In its first weekend in theaters, the film debuted at number one at the box office and was seen by 200,000 spectators in 298 theaters, making it the best opening for a national film since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. During its second weekend, the film maintained its first place at the box office and reached a little more than 211,000 viewers in 314 theaters. By November 2022, the film had sold over a million tickets in Argentina, grossing a total of 592 million pesos (US$3,2 million). It was the most-watched Argentine film of 2022, and the ninth most-watched film overall in Argentina in 2022.
According to the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, Argentina, 1985 has a 95% approval rating based on 64 reviews from critics, with an average rating of 8/10. The site's consensus reads, \"Justice is served in Argentina 1985, a crusading courtroom drama that shines a light on historically somber times with refreshing levity\". On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, the film holds a score of 78 out of 100 based on 11 reviews indicating \"generally favorable reviews\".
The film is centered on the story of prosecutors Julio César Strassera (Darín) and Luis Moreno Ocampo (Lanzani), who in 1985 investigated and prosecuted those responsible for crimes against humanity during the bloodiest military dictatorship in Argentine history.
Argentina, 1985 (2022) recreates the events that led to the trial against the main leaders of the Military Junta, the visible face of a fierce dictatorship in the country between 1976 and 1983 committing all kinds of crimes against humanity: kidnappings, murders, tortures and causing countless exiles and an economic debacle still felt today. The trial was unique in that it involved a civilian court within a democratic government sitting its own former dictators in the bench of the accused, perhaps only precedented by the Nuremberg Trials in post WWII Germany.
After Raúl Alfonsín was elected president in December 1983, he signed Decree 158 that ordered the start of a judicial process against the military authorities in power during the dictatorship. The trials would officially begin on April 22, 1985. The chosen prosecutor, Strassera along with Moreno Ocampo and a very young team of investigators led an investigation that evidenced the crimes and sentenced Jorge Rafael Videla, Emilio Massera and other high rank military authorities to prison, something unheard of in the history not only of Argentina but of the world.
Although Argentina, 1985 (2022) is an emotional historical drama in Hollywood-style, it tells stories based on real facts and even adds local humor. The spectators get immersed in the historical events without drowning under tedious and complex historical data. The story is greatly supported by real facts, but it also has dramatic fictional elements, humorous at times, making it relatable to a large spectrum of viewers.
The Oscars will be the culmination of a set of previous recognitions. At the Festival of San Sebastián, Spain, Argentina, 1985 (2022) won the Peoples Choice award. It was also recognized in Goya, and Venice, and at the Golden Globes it won as best non-English motion picture:
The film received some criticism for leaving out information that some considered essential. Actor and former deputy, Luis Brandoni, pointed out that the CONADEP (National Commission on the Disappearance of Persons) investigated and documented testimonies in the book Nunca Más; the text that was used as main evidence during the trial yet was not mentioned in the film. However, Mitre made sure the closing arguments by Strassera heard on September 18 of 1985 would reference the book indirectly. As in real life, the prosecutor concludes in the film:
Argentina, 1985 (2022) is a well scripted, thrilling, educational, historic movie. A necessary testimony that, with or without an Oscar, will help keep alive the collective memory, especially for those born in democratic times, of a past that Argentina does not want to repeat.
Saw at the venice film festival premiere. Cried like a baby. This film takes you through the trial against a fascist regime and cruel crimes against its citizens, with a most surprising lightness. It documented family values, the power of community, and justice, all while maintaining a sense of humor throughout. I wept for argentina and the heros that defended it.
Filmed on the real locations where the action took place, Argentina, 1985 will have a theatrical release in its home country before being available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.
Argentina, 1985 producers are Axel Kuschevatzky, Federico Posternak, Agustina Llambi Campbell, Ricardo Darín, Santiago Mitre, Santiago Carabante, Chino Darín and Victoria Alonso. The executive producers are Cindy Teperman and Phin Glynn. The film, produced by Amazon Studios, La Unión de los Ríos, Kenya Films and Infinity Hill, is also the first-ever Argentinean Amazon Original film.
Inspired by a true legal battle against a bloody dictatorship, his feature Argentina, 1985 (2022) was named one of the top five international films of 2022 by the National Board of Review, won the 2022 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and was nominated for Best International Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards.
Fresh off its recent win for Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes, and an Oscar nomination for Best International Film, Argentina, 1985 has gained much attention for placing a critical period in the history of contemporary Argentina in center stage. Directed by Santiago Mitre, Argentina, 1985 depicts the Trial of the Juntas, the prosecution of Jorge Videla's dictatorship that exploited and oppressed the country from 1976 to 1981. The film plays out through the perspective of the case's chief prosecutor Julio César Strassera and his assistant Luis Moreno Ocampo, who worked unremittingly to bring justice to the crimes and human rights violations committed by Videla's regime. While Argentina, 1985 creates a true-to-life portrait of the Trial of the Juntas, audiences may crave more background understanding of Videla's dictatorship and how it led to more than 30,000 estimated disappearances and deaths of Argentine citizens.
Argentina, 1985 concentrates on Strassera, played by Argentine superstar Ricardo Darín, well-known for his performances in films including The Secret in Their Eyes and Wild Tales. Strassera is portrayed as a loving family man who resisted the power of the dictatorship before becoming a federal prosecutor in 1983 after Videla's downfall. Ahead of being named the chief prosecutor for the Trial of the Juntas in the autumn of 1984, Strassera is transparent about his reservations and anxieties concerning the case - how it could impact the safety of his home life and, most importantly, the future of Argentina. 59ce067264