Guillermo travels to the countryside to take care of Héctor, his sick father for three nights. Upon his arrival, Guillermo finds that Héctor's condition changes at night, in which, in turn, something coming from the sky seems to approach.

  • Nicolás Medina
    N'Xalá (2021)
  • Nicolás Medina
    N'Xalá (2021)
  • Emilia Ballestrino
  • Augusto Gordillo
    Key Cast
    In the Quarry, The Anniversary
  • Mario Aguerre
    Key Cast
  • Mirella Pascual
    Key Cast
    "Madre / Mother"
    Whisky, A Twelve-Year Night, Alelí, Miss Tacuarembó,
  • Dante García
    Key Cast
    "Chofer / Driver"
  • Andrés Pastorini
    Key Cast
    "Enfermero / Nurse"
    Night Watch, El Hipnotizador
  • Martina Podestá
    First Assistant Director
  • Sebastián Astorga
    Director of Photography
    Escalando Uruguay, Viewfinder
  • Alessio Beretta
    Art Director
  • Juan Carlos Mariño
    Virus: 32
  • Ignacio Fernández
    Original Music
  • Diego Peralta
  • Diego Peralta
    Post-production & VFX
  • Project Title (Original Language):
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Horror, Drama, Sci-fi, Cosmic Horror, Found Footage
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35 : 1
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Universidad ORT Uruguay
  • 10° Festival de Cine Nuevo - DETOUR
    October 13, 2022
    Avant Première
    Out Of Competition
  • 41° Festival Cinematográfico Internacional del Uruguay - FCIU
    Montevideo, Uruguay
    April 5, 2023
    Uruguayan Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 1° Festival Internacional de Cine de Santa Elena - FICSE
    Santa Elena, Ecuador
    August 16, 2023
    International Premiere
    Official Selection - "Mirada Internacional"
  • H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival - HPLFF
    Providence, Rhode Island
    United States
    August 18, 2023
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 13° Festival Nacional de Cine Estudiantil - FENACIES
    Montevideo, Uruguay
    September 4, 2023
    Official Selection - Best University Short Film
  • 13° Festival Nacional de Cine Estudiantil - FENACIES
    Montevideo, Uruguay
    September 4, 2023
    Official Selection - Golden FENACIES - Best Short Film of the Festival
  • 28° H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival - HPLFF
    Portland, Oregon
    United States
    October 7, 2023
    Portland Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 14° Montevideo Fantastic Film Festival - MONTEVIDEO FANTASTICO
    Montevideo, Uruguay
    August 26, 2023
    Official Selection - Audience Choice Award for Best Uruguayan Short Film
  • 11° Festival de Cine Nuevo - DETOUR
    Montevideo, Uruguay
    October 13, 2023
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • Nicolás Medina
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Nicolás Medina

Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, 1994. Film critic and board member of the Uruguayan Film Critics Association (ACCU). FIPRESCI jury at the 76th Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard). Official Jury at the 2023 Bengaluru International Short Film Festival (International Competition). ACCU Jury at the 39th Uruguay International Film Festival (International Competition), at the 40th Uruguay International Film Festival (Ibero-American Competition) and at the 10th New Film Festival (Medium and Feature Films Competition). Student jury at the 19th International Film Schools Festival (Uruguay). Golden Globes international voter.

Holds an audiovisual technician diploma issued by the DGETP (General Direction of Technic Professional Education), and he’s currently completing the Audiovisual Communication Degree at Universidad ORT (ORT University Uruguay). Currently writing about film and television for Montevideo Portal's Latido Beat and also writing and making interviews about films with an industry approach at LatAm Cinema.

Director and screenwriter of Desconocido (2022) and N’Xalá (2021). He’s currently developing the first full IA made short film in Uruguay produced by ORT University. His movies have been selected in national and international film festivals.

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Director Statement

"Desconocido" is about "being a son", and being a son specifically at a certain stage of life. At this stage when we must face the "monsters" that torment our parents, without any knowledge of how to do it, and which once we finish facing, will have completely changed us, as if it were a kind of mantle passage. Not all of us are grandparents, parents, or siblings, but we are all at one point or another in our lives, someone's children. I decided to approach the idea of cosmic horror and certain of H.P Lovecraft's conceptions about fear and fear of the unknown more specifically. I found it interesting to return to these ideas by Lovecraft about monsters, entities or beings that are impossible to define, name, or explain for their characters, and therefore so terrifying that they are absurd to measure, just like the monsters we face when old age comes into our life.