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by Adrián Biniez


Jara, who is 35, is a shy and lonely man who works in a suburb of Monte - video as supermarket security guard. He doesn’t have a great deal to do because he works the graveyard shift when the store is like a ghost town. This gives him plenty of time to pursue his favourite pastimes: watching videos, doing crossword puzzles or listening to music. And so his life continues – until one day Julia enters his field of vision. Julia, who is 25, works at the supermarket as a cleaner. At first he spends hour after hour in front of the security monitors watching her work. But, before long, he begins to follow her after work: his whole life gradually begins to revolve around Julia’s daily routine.

international title: Gigante
original title: Gigante
country: Germany, Uruguay, Argentina, Netherlands
sales agent: The Match Factory
year: 2009
directed by: Adrián Biniez
release date: PL 04/09/2009, DE 01/10/2009, NL 01/10/2009, AT 07/05/2010, PT 09/09/2010, FR 27/04/2011
cast: Horacio Camandulle, Leonor Svarcas, Néstor Guzzini, Federico García, Fabiana Charlo, Ernesto Liotti, Diego Artucio, Carlos Lissardy
cinematography by: Arauco Hernández
film editing: Fernando Epstein
costumes designer: Emilia Carlevaro
music: Adrián Biniez
producer: Fernando Epstein, Agustina Chiarino, Christoph Friedel, Hernán Musaluppi, Frans Van Gestel
production: Pandora Film Produktion, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), IDTV Film, Control Z Films (UY), Rizoma Films (AR)
distributor: Neue Visionen Filmverleih GmbH, Filmmuseum Distributie, Waystone Film, Océan Films


main awards/selection

Berlinale 2009 In Competition
Silver Bear - Grand Jury Prize
Alfred Bauer Award
Best Debut Film

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