Neither Hero nor Traitor

(Ni héroe ni traidor)
Nicolás Savignone | Drama, Fiction

2019 | 75 minutes | Argentina

Matías dreams of going to Spain to study music far from a dictatorship. His problems come down to convincing his girlfriend to meet him there and to get around his father’s opposition. But the playing field changes completely when the Falklands War breaks out and he is drafted along with his friends.


Buenos Aires, 1982. Matías (19) has recently finished his military service and dreams of going to Spain to study music far from a dictatorship. His problems come down to convincing his girlfriend to meet him there at a later date and to get around his father’s opposition. But the playing board changes completely when the Falklands War breaks out and he is drafted along with his friends.

At first, Matías will agree to the call-up, but he will realize that he isn’t feeling this war – or maybe any war, to be honest, no matter how just the cause may seem to be. The fear to die but also the horror of killing, a Republican grandfather, friends turned strangers who point guns at each other, a shot in the foot as an act of friendship... his environment demands that he 'matures.' Will desertion be his first adult act? Treason and loyalty, fear, and braveness. The story of a deserter.

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"The film that was born from the intimacy of a home, has an impact on the history that still regrets its wound and calls into question a society based on the sacrifice of its children." — Matías E. González, Escribiendo Cine

Main credits

Savignone, Nicolás (film director)
Savignone, Nicolás (screenwriter)
Savignone, Nicolás (film producer)
Cocchiarale, Gastón (actor)
Estévez, Inés (actor)
Daulte, Agustín (actor)
Grandinetti, Juan (actor)
Spenza, Ariana (film producer)
Longo, Pio (screenwriter)
Grassi, Francisco (screenwriter)

Other credits

Cinematography, Federico Lastra; editor, María Astrauskas; music, Wenchi Lazo.

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DIRECTOR: Nicolás Savignone


YEAR: 2019

GENRE: Drama, Fiction


COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: High School, College, Adults



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