The Clan, Argentina’s official submission in the Oscars’ foreign language category, tells the true story of one of the country’s strangest and grisliest crimes. It details the notorious Puccio family, who in the early 1980s kidnapped four people and murdered three of them. It was suspected at the time that the family patriarch, Arquímedes Puccio, had ties to forced disappearances during Argentina’s dirty war of the 1970s and early 80s, though these particular crimes were for ransom and not, apparently, politics. The film focuses on the relationship between Arquímedes and his son, Alejandro an aspiring rugby player who idolizes his father until he’s forced to recognize the man he worships is a cold blooded killer. (In real life, Arquímedes and Alejandro both received life sentences for their roles in the crimes.)
A huge box office hit in Argentina, The Clan was written and directed by Pablo Trapero (Carancho, White Elephant). It stars Guillermo Francellaas as Arquímedes, Peter Lanzani as Alejandro, with Lili Popovich, Gaston Cocchiarale, Giselle Motta, Franco Masini, Antonia Bengoechea, and Stefania Koessl. Hugo Sigman, Matías Mosteirín, Agustín Almodóvar, Pedro Almodóvar and Esther García produced. From Fox International Productions and Twentieth Century Fox, The Clan will hit U.S. theaters starting in New York and Los Angeles on January 29.