El ángel


Rafael 2 Sun, Oct 7, 2018 9:00 PM
Century Larkspur 3 Mon, Oct 8, 2018 8:45 PM
Film Info
Viva El Cine
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:126 min.
Director:Luis Ortega
Producer:Pedro Almodóvar
Agustín Almodóvar
Hugo Sigman
Sebastián Ortega
Screenwriter:Sergio Olguín
Luis Ortega
Rodolfo Palacios
Cinematographer:Julián Apezteguia
Editor:Guille Gatti
Cast:Lorenzo Ferro
Chino Darín
Mercedes Morán
Daniel Fanego
Cecilia Roth
Print Source:The Orchard
Note Writer:Shari Kizirian


On the cusp of a sexual awakening, 19-year-old Carlitos (Lorenzo Ferro) meets a handsome classmate (Chino Darín), the son of a gun-toting father, and quickly graduates from adorable burglar to full-on sociopath. The titular “ángel” of Luis Ortega’s fourth feature, a box office smash in its native Argentina, is Carlos Robledo Puch, appearing barely post-pubescent with a soft white belly, golden ringlets, and a ruby-tinged pout—looking at odds with his starring role in a notorious 1970s crime spree. Bearing the artistic mark of Pedro Almodóvar (who co-produced the film), this true-crime tale deploys black humor, exuberant pop music, perfect period details, and some anachronistic art, providing subtle historical context in Argentina’s dictatorship and repressive machismo culture without excusing Carlitos’ behavior. Ferro and Darín deliver sensational turns as the criminal duo, with added support from the great Cecilia Roth (All About My Mother) and Mercedes Morán (La ciénaga, MVFF 2001) as their respective mothers.

Sponsored by:
Consulate General of Spain

In association with Latino Council - Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Marin

Additional Information

Luis Ortega was born in Buenos Aires in 1980. At 19, he directed his award-winning first feature Caja negra (1999), which launched him as one of Argentina’s most promising and innovative filmmakers. Since then, he’s developed a filmography with a strong signature, becoming one of the most daring and attractive voices in the independent Latin American scene. His films include Monobloc (2005), Dromómanos (2012), and Lulú (2014). In 2015, he wrote and directed Historia de un clan, a widely popular and critically acclaimed 11-episode series. In 2016, he also directed the first two episodes of the successful series El marginal.