The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis (La Larga Noche De Francisco Sanctis)


Lark TheatreWed, Oct 12, 2016 8:15 PM Not Available
Rafael 2Fri, Oct 14, 2016 11:45 AM Not Available
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Viva el Cine
Mind the Gap
Running Time:78 min.
Director:Francisco Marquez
Andrea Testa
Producer:Francisco Márquez
Andrea Testa
Luciana Piantanida
Screenwriter:Francisco Marquez
Andrea Testa
Cinematographer:Federico Lastra
Editor:Lorena Moriconi
Cast:Diego Velázquez
Laura Paredes
Valeria Lois
Marcelo Subiotto
Rafael Federman
Print Source:Films Boutique
Note Writer:Shari Kizirian


During the so-called “Years of Lead,” military dictatorships overthrew democratically elected governments throughout South America, purging political and cultural life of liberal ideas and people. The era, roughly from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s, claimed up to 30,000 lives and has since been treated many times in films as having two clearly demarcated sides—but what about the middle? In this spare suspense film, an everyman living in the chokehold of Argentina’s rightwing oppression has yet to choose a side. Shot with an uneasy camera and tinged with hues of an urban midnight, The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis is adapted from a novel by the late exiled writer Humberto Costantini. As the title character agonizes over whether he should warn two strangers about their impending arrest, the sound of his own footfalls down deserted Buenos Aires’ city streets punctuates an escalating anxiety of what lies beyond the next corner.

Guests in attendance 10/12 & 10/14: Diego Velazquez (actor)

Thanks to our Community Partner Association of Latino Marin Attorneys and Latino Council and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Marin

Additional Information

Francisco Marquez was born in 1981 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied film at the ENERC where he made several short films, including the award-winning Images for Before the War (Ima´genes para antes de la guerra ) which participated in many international festivals and which was nominated for the Condor awards, the highest award in Argentina. Marquez has worked as an assistant director for TV and feature films. He also works as a professor of Direction at the ENERC of Northeast Argentina.

Andrea Testa was born in 1987 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She studied film at the ENERC where she made her first short films, including Uno, Dos, Tres. From 2009 to 2011, she he worked as production coordinator for Cable TV programs. She teaches scriptwriting at the Cinema School of Avellaneda.