Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Ariel Rotter|
|Produced by||Executive Producer:
|Written by||Ariel Rotter|
|Editing by||Eliane Katz|
|Distributed by||Aqua Films|
|Running time||83 minutes|
El otro was funded by the Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales (Argentina), the Vision Sudest Fund (Switzerland), the World Cinema Fund (Berlin International Film Festival), and the Hubert Bals Fund (Netherlands).
The film tells of Juan Desouza (Julio Chávez), a lawyer in his late 40s, who's happily married and his wife is expecting a child.
On a one-day business trip to the country-side, Desouza embarks on an unintended journey. When he reaches his destination Desouza discovers that the man traveling next to him is not sleeping but dead.
Secretly, he assumes the dead man's identity and invents a profession for himself. He finds a place to stay in the village where the man used to live and contemplates not returning.
Juan Desouza undertakes an adventure into nature, into the rediscovery of his tastes and his basic instincts. He tries to grasp the idea that the life dealt out for him, and which he chose to live, is not the only one possible.
He eventually goes back home, stronger from the spiritual experience.
The film was first presented at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 13, 2007.
The film was well received at the Berlin International Film Festival winning a Jury Grand Prix Silver Bear.
Film critic Annika Pham, who writes for CineEuropa, liked the film, and wrote, "The film subtly explores the apprehension of death as well as the palpable yet invisible world that lurks underneath the surface. Few words are needed. We feel with Juan and easily relate to him. The scenes where he cares for his father, becoming his father’s father, are particularly moving."
- Berlin International Film Festival: Silver Bear, The Jury Grand Prix; Silver Bear, Best Actor, Julio Chávez; 2007.