The Boss, Anatomy of a Crime

(El patrón, radiografía de un crimen)
Sebastián Schindel | Drama, Fiction, Thriller

2014 | 98 minutes | Argentina, Venezuela

Based on a true story, The Boss, Anatomy of a Crime is a neo-realistic portrait of the inhumane work environment, and the power imbalances existing between worker and employer.


Based on a true story, The Boss, Anatomy of a Crime is a neo-realistic portrait of the inhumane work environment, and the power imbalances existing between worker and employer.

The multiple award-winning film tells the unsettling story of Hermógenes, a humble illiterate farmhand who arrives in Buenos Aires in search of a job.

Having been filled with self-deprecation and feelings of uselessness ever since he was stamped “not apt” on his military papers because of his limp, Hermógenes doesn’t expect much. So when Don Latuada puts him in charge of one of his butcher shops he is extremely grateful. In exchange, he forces him to disguise and sell rotten meat while subjecting him, by means of pressure and extortion, to a modern day slavery situation. The overwhelming manipulation and escalating cruelty will inevitably lead to tragedy…


"An exposé of modern day slavery." — John Hopewell, Variety

"First time feature writer-director Sebastian Schindel very delicately tackles some of the thorniest issues facing Argentina, among them regionalism, class discrepancies, corruption and judicial rigidity and does so in an unfussy style suited to the material." — Elizabeth Kerr, The Hollywood Reporter

Main credits

Schindel, Sebastián (film director)
Schindel, Sebastián (film producer)
Schindel, Sebastián (screenwriter)
Olivera, Javier (screenwriter)
Batlle, Nicolás (screenwriter)
Batlle, Nicolás (film producer)
Furriel, Joaquín (actor)
Pfening, Guillermo (actor)
Garrote, Andrea (actor)

Other credits

Cinematography, Marcelo Iaccarino; editor, Andrés Ciambotti, Sebastián Schindel; music, Lucas Kohan.

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Guadalajara International Film Festival - Best Opera Prima, Best Actor
Mar del Plata International Film Festival - SAGAI Award for Best Actor
Busan International Film Festival - Audience Award
Punta del Este International Film Festival - Audience Award
Pantalla Pinamar Film Festival - Silver Balance Award
Havana Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Sebastián Schindel

NATIONALITY: Argentina, Venezuela

YEAR: 2014

GENRE: Drama, Fiction, Thriller


COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: College, Adults



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