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by Federico Veiroj


Tamayo knows he needs to change the person he has become under the pressure of his parents’ expectations. His opposition manifests itself in the increasingly quixotic quest of formally having his name struck from the Catholic church’s baptismal record. But finding his own path is very hard and as a first step, it seems helpful to turn his feelings into words. With the innocence of an adolescent - and with the sincerity of someone addressing letters to a friend overseas - Tamayo goes over the weaknesses and little miseries that his family passed on to him. As Tamayo’s correspondence revisits the milestones of his tempestuous past, his wild and tender gaze on the scenery of Madrid - with its streetscapes, office buildings, parks and altars - reveals his beliefs, his desires and his turmoil.

international title: The Apostate
original title: El Apóstata
country: Spain, France, Uruguay
sales agent: FiGa Films (US)
year: 2015
genre: fiction
directed by: Federico Veiroj
film run: 80'
release date: ES 02/10/2015, FR 4/05/2016
screenplay: Gonzalo Delgado, Álvaro Ogalla, Nicolás Saad, Federico Veiroj
cast: Bárbara Lennie, Marta Larralde, Jaime Chávarri, Joaquín Climent, Vicky Peña, Juan Calot, Kaiet Rodríguez
cinematography by: Arauco Hernández Holz
film editing: Fernando Franco
producer: Fernando Franco, Federico Veiroj, Guadalupe Balaguer Trelles
production: Ferdydurke, La Vie est Belle Films Associés, Local Films, Cinekdoque - Federico Veiroj (UY)
backing: ICAU (Uruguay), FONA (Uruguay), Region Île de France, MVD Socio Audiovisual (Uruguay)
distributor: Avalon, Paname Distribution


main awards/selection

San Sebastián International Film Festival 2015 In Competition
Vienna International Film Festival 2015 

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