Fox International Productions and Twentieth Century Fox will release Pablo Trapero’s Argentine Oscar entry “The Clan” — originally scheduled for January 29 — on March 18 in New York and L.A., with a nationwide expansion through the rest of March. Fox International will handle marketing, with Twentieth Century distributing.
Winner of the Silver Lion Best Director Award in Venice, this mafia-like thriller stormed the Argentine box office over the summer, surpassing even “Wild Tales,” the country’s Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar contender in 2015.
A hit in Toronto, Trapero’s film is the hugely entertaining true story of the Puccio family who, for years beginning in the 1980s, were kidnapping the wealthy, holding them for ransom and then killing them anyway. This is sharp filmmaking, with time-shifting edits, sizzling music choices and a psychotically charismatic lead performance from Guillermo Francella as the Puccio paterfamilias.
American arthouse audiences will enjoy this Spanish-language film, which was produced by by Spain’s Almodovar brothers and their El Deseo shingle, also producers of “Wild Tales.”