THE CLAN (EL CLAN)
Director Pablo Trapero makes his third appearance at AFI FEST with his most outlandish tale yet. Following the real–life exploits of the notorious Puccio crime clan, the film tells the story of how a normal working–class family concocted a vicious plan to kidnap and ransom select members of Argentina's upper class. With killer period details and a rollicking soundtrack, THE CLAN takes its audience on an odyssey of energetic violence underscored by the powerful bond of family. Trapero's keen eye for detail captures strong performances from the cast, especially leading man Guillermo Francella's turn as a terrifyingly charismatic psychopath. Trapero nails this unbelievable true story, as evidenced by the film's wildly successful domestic box–office run in Argentina, where it set the record for the best opening ever for an Argentine film. — Lane Kneedler
Pablo Trapero was born in San Justo, Argentina, in 1971. His features, including CARANCHO and ELEFANTE BLANCO, have played major international film festivals, such as Cannes, where in 2014 he served as president of the Un Certain Regard jury. In 2015, France’s Ministry of Culture awarded him the Chevalier l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
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