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El fondo del mar

Theatrical Poster
Directed by Damián Szifrón
Produced by Producer:
Sebastian Aloi
Executive Producers:

Sebastian Aloi
Nathalie Cabiron
Damián Cukierkorn
Written by Damián Szifrón
Starring Daniel Hendler
Dolores Fonzi
Gustavo Garzón
Music by Guillermo Guareschi
Cinematography Lucio Bonelli
Editing by Nicolás Goldbart
Release date(s) March 11, 2003
Running time 105 minutes
Country Argentina
Language Spanish

El fondo del mar (English: The Bottom of the Sea) (2003) is an Argentine film directed by Damián Szifrón. The picture was produced by Sebastian Aloi, executive produced by Sebastian Aloi, Nathalie Cabiron, and Damián Cukierkorn. The associate producers were Diana Frey and Guillermo Otero.[1]

The movie features Daniel Hendler, Dolores Fonzi, Gustavo Garzón, among others.



A slightly neurotic architecture student, Ezequiel Toledo (Daniel Hendler), drops by his girlfriend Ana's (Dolores Fonzi) home and finds Aníbal (Gustavo Garzón) hiding under her bed.

He begins to suspect Ana and jealousy fills him. He decides to follow Aníbal, whom he's sure is having an affair with Ana.

The film follows a night's odyssey as he trails his suspect and starts to gather small details about Aníbal identity.

At one point Ezequiel sets fire to Aníbal's car and threatens his life.

The story ultimately deals with jealousy and the maturity required to overcome that jealousy.



The film was first presented at the Mar del Plata Film Festival at the March 11, 2003. It opened wide in Argentina on August 28, 2003.

The film has been screened at some film festivals, including: the Toulouse Latin America Film Festival, France; the Latin America Film Festival, Poland; the Lleida Latin-American Film Festival, Spain; the Donostia-San Sebastián International Film Festival, Spain; and others.

Critical reception

Critic Gustavo J. Castagna, reporting from the Mar del Plata Film Festival for FIPRESCI liked the film, and wrote, "El fondo del mar is clearly directed to the box office crowds when made through the use of mixed genres, but it does not fall into any false intents; closer to the aesthetics of Fabian Bielinsky's Nine Queens, El fondo del mar shows that a cinema made with pleasure and formal rigor is still possible."[2]

Neil Young thought the film was an "unassuming but very likeable little comedy with dramatic touches...writer-director makes a very old set-up seem fresh, funny and surprising." Yet, Young thought director Damián Szifrón lost his way at the end.[3]




  • Argentine Film Critics Association Awards: Silver Condor, Best Actor, Daniel Hendler; Best Art Direction, Mariela Rípodas and Lucia Onofri; Best Cinematography, Lucio Bonelli; Best Director, Damián Szifron; Best Film; Best First Film, Damián Szifron; Best Original Screenplay, Damián Szifron; Best Sound, Jesica Suarez, Marcos De Aguirre and Fernando Soldevila; Best Supporting Actress, Dolores Fonzi; 2004.


  1. ^ El fondo del mar at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Castagna, Gustavo J. FIPRESCI film review, 2003.
  3. ^ Young, Neil. Neil Young's Film Lounge, reporting from the Donostia-San Sebastián International Film Festival, September 25, 2003.

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