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The Red Star

This false documentary follows the story of Laila Salama, a mysterious woman who apparently took part in every important event of the recent Argentinian-Jewish history, including the kidnapping of Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires in 1960, but was neglected by the official records. Gabriel Lichtmann, the documentary director, restores her life’s story through a series of interviews to a cast of peculiar characters. Putting together the pieces, Gabriel assembles the puzzle and discovers a secret that was hidden for years.

  • Gabriel Lichtmann
    Director
    Como Ganar Enemigos, Judíos en el Espacio, En Paris
  • Gabriel Lichtmann
    Writer
    Como Ganar Enemigos, Judíos en el Espacio, En Paris
  • Adrián Garelik
    Producer
    Vino para Robar, Cine en la Vida Real, Alejo y Valentina
  • Thelma Fardin
    Key Cast
    "Laila Salama"
    Amanda: el día que Einstein vivió en La Plata, Callcenter
  • Juan Leyrado
    Key Cast
    "Emiliano Canale"
    Camila, Iluminados por el Fuego,
  • Hector Díaz,
    Key Cast
    "Gabriel Lichtmann"
    El Estudiante, La Despedida, Caida del Cielo
  • Rafael Spregelburd
    Key Cast
    "Percy Foster"
    El Hombre de Al Lado, El Critico, Días de Vinilo,
  • Ana Katz
    Key Cast
    "Naama Arari"
    El Juego de la Silla, Sueño Florianopolis, Los Marziano,
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    La Estrella Roja
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Genres:
    Drama, Thriller, Mockumentary
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 15, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    Argentina
  • Country of Filming:
    Argentina
  • Language:
    Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Gabriel Lichtmann

Gabriel Lichtmann was born in Buenos Aires in November, 1974. He graduated as a film director at the Universidad del Cines, making movies ever since and working in different formats such as short films, commercials, music videos, tv shows and feature films.
He has won several prizes and recognitions internationally, most notably the best script award in Historias Breves (organized by the Argentinian film institute) for his short film “El Septimo Día”, the development prize of Hubert Bals Fund (organized by Rotterdam Film Festival) fir the script of his first feature film “Judíos en el Espacio” and the first prize in the Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival for his second feature film, “Como Ganar Enemigos”.
His work has been selected to participate in prestigious film festivals (Berlín Film Festival, Festival Du Films Du Monde in Motreal, BAFICI). Currently he is working in three projects, “La Estrella Roja”, “Los Años Felices” and “Once in a Lifetime”.

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Director Statement

The film The Red Star not only revisits major historical moments of the Argentinian Jewish Community through the narration of a fake documentary, but also has a strong connection with the present through its cast and message. The three leading actresses, Thelma Fardin, Julieta Zylberberg and Ana Katz are among the most prominent faces of Actrices Argentinas, a group of artists appearing on media exposing different cases of abuse and violence against women in the local film and tv industry, mirroring the Me Too movement. The main actress of The Red Star, Thelma Fardin, exposed the most famous case of abuse, putting the whole local film industry in the spotlight, starting the movement and promoting and achieving several changes and advances. The Red Star was the first project she embarked on after this episode, taking the role of, Laila Salama, a heroine of strong will who fought against oppression and abuse throughout history.