Fabrizio Rongione as Yvan in Azor | Courtesy of Mubi
Argentina, the late 1970s. Private banker Yvan (Fabrizio Rongione, “Two Days, One Night”) arrives from Geneva with his wife Inés (Stéphanie Cléau, “The Blue Room”) to replace a colleague who has mysteriously disappeared in military-ruled Buenos Aires. 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”.
Andreas Fontana graduated with an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Geneva. Shortly after relocated to Buenos Aires to train as a production assistant. From there he made his first short film Cotonov Vanished and won a couple awards in film festivals. His last film was Pedro M, 1981.
I spoke to Andreas Fontana via Zoom to discuss Azor. He spoke about how he came up with the story as a co-writer of the film and manipulated the multiple languages. Fontana also discussed the direction he wanted in the characters’ personalities.