Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Scherzo Diabolico

Year: 2015
Country: MEXICO
Run Time: 91 minutes

Scherzo Diabolico

With nothing but cases of flavored water and potato chips, Anabela, a terrified young beauty, waits shivering in a grimy abandoned factory for her captor’s return. Beneath a skeletal mask that invokes the Mexican Dia de los Muertos is Aram, an overworked accountant making a desperate attempt to blackmail his boss by kidnapping her daughter. Things go methodically according to plan as Aram destroys the lives of those closest to him in his expertly calculated plot. But months later, Anabela discovers an overwhelming capacity for brutal revenge. Suddenly it’s Aram’s life that’s crashing down upon him as Anabela demonstrates how she’s even crazier than he is. Directly addressing the regenerative power of violence, veteran Spanish filmmaker Adrián García Bogliano delivers his most intense chiller to date. Featuring stunning widescreen camerawork, terse editing, and unfathomable plot twists, SCHERZO DIABOLICO is an old-school shocker. (In Spanish with subtitles) –C.P.

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Saturday, April 09, 2016 at 11:25 PM -
Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 12:55 AM

Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 12:15 PM

After Hours
Cinema en Español

Adrián García Bogliano

Adrián García Bogliano was born in Madrid, Spain in 1980. He studied film at the National University of La Plata. A master of Spanish-language horror, he's directed nearly a dozen features released internationally.

"Rooms for Tourists" (2004), "Scream the Night" (2005), "36 Steps" (2006), "I'll Never Die Alone" (2008), "Watch'em Die" (2009), "The Accursed" (2010), "Cold Sweat" (2010), "Penumbra" (2011), "Here Comes the Devil" (2012), "Late Phases" (2014), SCHERZO DIABOLICO (2015)

Andrea Quiroz Hernández, Carlos Meléndez

Adrián García Bogliano

Darío Goldgel

Adrián García Bogliano

Principal Cast
Francisco Barreiro, Daniela Soto Vell, Jorge Molina, Milena Pezzi, Vita Vargas

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