Director Andrea Braga – Odisha Diary

New Delhi: director, producer and screenwriter Andrea Braga talk about ‘self defense’ during the ‘IFFI Table Talk organized by the PIB at the current 53approx International Film Festival in Goa, said: “The central theme of the film, namely the problem of toxins and pesticides in our agriculture, reflects our times.”

director Andrea Braga In the ‘IFFI Table Talk

When asked about the film’s most memorable scene, the multi-talented artist said, “It culminates when the film’s protagonist returns home after many years. Memories of the past flash before his eyes. The juxtaposition of the past with the present is what we are trying to explore.”

The filmmaker’s debutant also shared with the audience that shooting a feature-length film isn’t all that different from shooting a short film. He said, “Although the equipment and the professionalism of the crew have improved, as a director I have to do justice to the story when the project is front and center.”

The film’s editor Maurizio Halek, who shared his experience, told the audience: “Since we’re friends, it was a great experience working on this project. It is the first time that we are presenting a film in India. The response was overwhelming.”

Still from the movie ‘self defense’

Spanish film ‘self defense’ under the shielded “Best Debut Feature Film by a Director” Category of the ongoing 53rd International Film Festival of India in Goa. Competing in this category is a collection of 7 international and Indian feature film debuts that exemplify what the next generation of filmmakers envision on screen.


Eduardo, a prosecutor with unresolved past issues, decides to return to his hometown to investigate a series of murders. He is greeted by some old friends, a couple consisting of Paula and Ramiro, the city’s commissioner. As the investigation continues, the three begin to uncover a corrupt ecosystem based on the misuse of agrochemicals at the expense of the locals living in very poor conditions. Driven by these realizations, Eduardo will try to overcome a trauma. However, he is not alone: ​​Everywhere he looks there are stories of broken lives.

Cast & Crew:

Directed by Andrea Braga

Producer: Andrea Braga

Screenplay: Andrea Braga

Cameraman: Guillermo “gurí” Saposnik

Publisher: Mauricio Halek

Cast: Alfonso Tort (Eduardo Pastore), Javier Drolas (Ramiro Sartori), Violeta Urtizberea (Paula Pennati)

2022 | Spanish | 97 minutes | colour

About the director:

Andrea Braga was born in 1986 in Brescia, Italy. He is a producer, director and screenwriter. He graduated in Literature and Philosophy from the Università del Sacro Cuore di Brescia and in Cinematography from the Escuela Profesional de Cine de Eliseo Subiela (Buenos Aires), where he also teaches. He has been working in film and music video production since 2014. His career as a director and screenwriter began with the fictional shorts Evelyn (2015) and Memoria Interna (2017), both of which received awards and worldwide acclaim. In 2021 he founded his own production company KUMO CINE and made his debut film self defensea co-production with PENSA & ROCCA CINE.

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