LA NOCHE DE 12 AÑOS
Spain, France 2018
As director and writer, this project has taken me more than four years of research and documentation. One of the key challenges was to avoid making a prison film, but rather an existential journey. The military order was very clear: “Since we couldn’t kill them, we will drive them insane.” Beyond a meticulous historical re-creation of the events, I sought to portray an aesthetic and sensory journey, allowing the audience to experience how to survive such an inner battle.
The three actors (Antonio de la Torre, Chino Darín and Alfonso Tort) had to undergo a very demanding mental and physical conditioning program (each lost around 15 kilos) in order to bring us closer to the extreme circumstances they suffered. The staging aimed to make us feel next to them, immersing us in the struggle that a man orchestrates in order to remain human.
It was a dark journey, but also a very rewarding one. Full of complexities and challenges, the film re-affirmed my belief that, even in those moments when circumstances may lead us to believe that everything is lost, human strength and endurance should never be underestimated.
Between 2000 and 2007, he directed several short films (THE NINE MILE WALK, SOFA, SECOND ANNIVERSARY) which premiered in over 140 International Festivals and were sold to TV in over 15 countries, as well as dozens of documentaries (LA REY DEL RING, SEFARAD TESTIMONIO DE UNA AUSENCIA, PAPÁ, POR QUÉ SOMOS DEL ATLETI), shown in Spanish national TV, Canal Historia and Canal Odisea.
In 2009, he wrote and directed his first feature film, BAD DAY TO GO FISHINH, which participated in the official section of the Cannes Critics’ Week. The film also took part in over 60 international festivals and garnered over 30 awards.
MR. KAPLAN, his second film (2014) was selected for over 40 international festivals and sold for distribution in theatres in over 25 countries.
In December 2015, Alvaro was named as one of the ten emerging talents of Ibero-American cinema by Variety.
He has obtained the Uruguayan National Literature Prize and has taken part in several festivals as a member of the jury, including the Cannes Festival Critics’ Week, Warsaw, Malaga, Sofa, Gijon, Torino and Valencia. A TWELVE-YEAR NIGHT is his third film.
2018 - A TWELVE-YEAR NIGHT
2014 - MR. KAPLAN
2009 - BAD DAY TO GO FISHING
2007 - SECOND ANNIVERSARY, short
2005 - SOFIA, short
2003 - THIRTEEN KILOMETRES UNDER THE RAIN, short
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Alvaro Brechner
Written by: Alvaro Brechner
Produced by: Gerardo Herrero, Vanessa Ragone, Fernando Sokolowicz, Birgit Kemner, Philippe Gompel, Mariela Besuievsky
Cinematography: Carlos Catalán
Editing: Irene Blecua, Nacho Ruiz Capillas
Production Design: Laura Musso
Costume Design: Alejandra Rosasco
Hair & Make-up: Kenyar Padilla, Almudena Fonseca
Original Score: Federico Jusid
Sound: Eduardo Esquide, Nacho Royo-Villanova, Laurent Chassaigne
Main Cast: Antonio De La Torre (José "Pepe" Mujica), Chino Darín (Mauricio Rosencof), Alfonso Tort (Eleuterio Fernández Huidobro)
Visual Effects: Óscar Abades, Curro Muñoz
Nominations and Awards
- EFA Feature Film Selection 2019