Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Guard Dog
(Perro Guardián)

Year: 2014
Country: PERU
Run Time: 88 minutes

Guard Dog
Guard Dog

In 1995 the Peruvian government passed an Amnesty Law absolving those accused of crimes during the country's 15-year counterinsurgency war -- including brutal paramilitary squads. GUARD DOG is a moodily atmospheric film that chronicles the violent days of Miguel, a ruthless government killer then and a ruthless contract killer now. Expressionless and given to bouts of fury, he coldly liquidates his targets under orders of his boss, the General. Though he seems to have a family, Miguel squats alone in a leaky grey apartment -- until, in a vague search for something like salvation, he wanders into a charismatic church. An intriguing girl and the congregation’s pastor try to persuade him to seek forgiveness through the Lord. As Miguel starts to shift his allegiance to a new Boss, it looks like there’s a day of reckoning coming. GUARD DOG is a significant departure for comedian Carlos Alcántara, terrifyingly convincing here as a soldier of Christ. (In Spanish with subtitles) – B.B.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Monday, March 23, 2015 at 8:45 PM -
Monday, March 23, 2015 at 10:15 PM

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 2:30 PM -
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 4:00 PM

Sidebar
Cinema en Español

Directors
Bacha Caravedo, Chinón Higashionna

Born in Lima, Peru, Bacha Caravedo studied communications at the University of Lima, editing at La Fémis in Paris, and directing in Cuba and Spain. Chinón Higashonna studied architecture and town planning at the Pontifical Catholic University of Lima.

Filmography
GUARD DOG (2014)

Producers
Lorena Ugarteche, Gabriela del Prado, Bacha Caravedo, Chinón Higashionna

Screenwriting
Bacha Caravedo

Cinematography
Fergan Chávez Ferrer

Editing
Eduardo Pinto

Principal Cast
Carlos Alcántara, Reynaldo Arenas, Mayra Goñi, Ramón García, Miguel Iza, Oswaldo Bravo, Juan Manuel Ochoa

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