A Journey in the Festival’s History

Argentina  ·  1969  ·  DCP 2K  ·  Black and White  ·  126'  ·  o.v. Spanish

Chosen by Andreas Fontana.
On Demand

5-15 | 8 | 2020  ·  Sub. French

Disponibile in Svizzera – Available in Switzerland

On Demand

5-15 | 8 | 2020

Available on MUBI for the international audience: film availability varies depending on your location


Sunday 9 | 8 | 2020, 20:30  ·  PalaVideo  ·  Sub. French


Monday 10 | 8 | 2020, 10:00  ·  PalaCinema Sala 1  ·  Sub. French


Tuesday 11 | 8 | 2020, 18:00  ·  PalaCinema Sala 1  ·  Sub. French

In the fictional Aquileia, during a futuristic 1957, a minority of members of civil society organize their struggle against an unspecified invading army, which wants to take control of the city and then expand throughout the nation. Hugo Santiago’s film, written with Jorge Luis Borges and with the contribution of Adolfo Bioy Casares, is a tale of political fantasy that eerily predates the period of military coups d’état and repression that would sweep Argentina and the whole of Latin America. Presented at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes in 1969, the film received a mention from the international jury at Locarno22.

Selected by Andreas Fontana
Director of Azor

A few years ago, I was walking through the streets of Geneva with Mariano Llinás and we started talking about Hugo Santiago. Hugo had just died and Mariano was his friend and collaborator. He was on his way to Locarno to present his own film - labyrinth, La Flor (2018). At one point during our walk, Mariano said to me: "It's interesting: everyone who has seen Invasión is convinced that in Argentina, at the end of the 1960s, people dressed exclusively in suits. Obviously that wasn't the case". That's one of the dizzying aspects of Invasión: treating the fantasy genre with such rigour that everything becomes believable. Who is Hugo Santiago? I don't know very much, just a few rumours. A young Argentinian who travelled to Paris in 1959, met Robert Bresson at Cocteau's and followed him like a shadow until he became his assistant. A young filmmaker who, when he returned home, went to find the living legend that is the writer Jorge Luis Borges to write a film – which became Invasión. A director whose precision and attention to detail was said to border on obsessive. What is Invasión? A film that has all the ingredients of a detective film, or a spy film, or a resistance film, or all of these together, but whose radical strength lies in its unsolved mystery and the incessant melancholy of its characters. I won't say any more. But in my opinion, mystery and melancholy are two excellent arguments for going to see a film.

– Andreas Fontana




Hugo Santiago


Olga Zubarry, Lautaro Murúa, Juan Carlos Paz


Hugo Santiago


Ricardo Aronovich, Hugo Santiago


Edgardo Cantón

Screenplay adapted by

Hugo Santiago, Jorge Luis Borges

Based on a literary work by

Jorge Luis Borges, Adolfo Bioy Casares


Oscar Montauti



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