Francisco Varone

2015 Camino a La Paz/Road to La Paz

He was born in 1978 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He graduated in 1999 from the Universidad del Cine and began his career in advertising, and has now gone on to feature films. He has received three Lions at Cannes, as well as the prestigious Clio award and the Golden Sun award at San Sebastián for the commercials he directed in Argentina, the USA and Mexico. Between 2008 and 2010, he participated in the Pablo Solarz writers’ workshop. In 2010, he took script-writing courses with Oscar winner Juan José Campanella and Aída Bortnik. He teaches at ENERC, Argentina’s National School of Cinematography and Visual Arts.

International Competition

Road to La Paz / Francisco Varone

The best road movies are the ones where the spectators make their own journey, in parallel to that of the heroes. Road to La Paz tells the story of the journey of an elderly Muslim, who asks an “amateur taxi driver” to drive him, in his beat up Peugeot 505, from Buenos Aires to La Paz, from where he plans to travel to Mecca. The film covers thousands of miles on screen, while our “emotional speedometer”, as viewers, racks up a few miles of its own, as we watch this tender, heart-wrenching story.

Director:Francisco Varone
Script:Francisco Varone
Cinematography:Christian Cottet
Editing:Alberto Ponce, Federico Peretti
Sound:Manuel de Andrés
Costumes:Delfina de Forteza
With:Rodrigo de la Serna (Sebastián), Ernesto Suárez (Jalil), Elisa Carricajo (Jazmín)
World Sales:FiGa Films, USA T. +1 323 229 9816
Production Design:Daniela Podcaminsky
Producer:Gema Juárez Allen, Francisco Varone, Omar Jadur, Dolores Llosas, Juan Taratuto
Production:Gema Films, Argentina Τ. +54 11 4966 0110
Production Country:Argentina-The Netherlands-Qatar
Co-production:No Problem Cine, Concreto Films (Argentina), Habbekrats (The Netherlands), Gunter & Hanfgarn Filmproduktion (Germany)
Format:DCP Color
Production Year:2015
European Premiere

Screening Schedule
OLYMPION:Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 15:30 | ID:514
FRIDA LIAPPA:Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 18:00 | ID:645