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Azor (12A)

29 October - 4 November

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A remarkably assured debut from Swiss director Andreas Fontana, Azor invites us into the alluring world of the ultra-wealthy in 1980s Argentina. With the country in the clutches of a military dictatorship, violence is always simmering just under the surface. Atmospheric and slyly seductive, this sophisticated political thriller teems with exquisite scenery and ominous conversation.

Set in Buenos Aires, the film follows private banker Yvan (Fabrizio Rongione, Two Days, One Night) as he arrives from Geneva with his wife Ines (Stéphanie Cléau) to replace a mysteriously missing colleague and placate their moneyed clientele. Moving through the smoke-filled lounges and lush gardens of a society under intense surveillance, he finds himself untangling a sinister web of colonialism, high finance, and a nation's ‘Dirty War’.

A highlight from this year’s Berlinale and New Directors/New Films, Azor evocatively depicts the uneasy interplay between wealth and power. Written in collaboration with Argentinian filmmaker Mariano Llinás (La Flor), this is a riveting look at international intrigue worthy of John le Carré or Graham Greene.

Imagine if Graham Greene rewrote Apocalypse Now.

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  • Director Andreas Fontana
  • Cast Fabrizio Rongione, Elli Medeiros, Stéphanie Cléau
  • Country Switzerland/France/Argentina
  • Year of Production 2021
  • Language Various languages with English subtitles
  • Running Time 1h39m
  • Certificate 12A - moderate bad language, sex references

All Monday to Friday shows before 5pm have capacity capped at 50% (unless otherwise stated). All other screenings have full unlimited seating capacity (unless otherwise stated).

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