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The Black Frost

Fall Grant 2015 - Post-Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED

Maximiliano Schonfeld / Feature Narrative / Argentina, Qatar / 2016 / 80 min / Original Language: Spanish / Interests: Drama


The plantations in Entre Ríos are being devastated by a frost. At the Lell brothers’ farm, where they live with their nephew Lucas, a young woman appears and the farm starts to recover: the vegetables survive the frost, Lucas’s greyhound performs well on the racetrack and fish appear in an abandoned pond. The Lells are in awe, but the young woman makes them restless. Lucas, however, sees something different: she is a saint who has come to save them. Word spreads and soon the villagers come looking for miracles. The young woman has to decide whether to accept her new position within the community, or to continue on her way.


Maximiliano Schonfeld
Maximiliano Schonfeld
Bárbara Francisco

About the Director

Maximiliano Schonfeld was born in Entre Ríos, Argentina, in 1982, then moved to Buenos Aires, where he graduated from ENERC. ‘Germania’ (2012), his first feature-length film, took the Special Jury Prize and the FEISAL Award at BAFICI, and the NDR award for first feature films at the Hamburg Film Festival, and was selected for festivals in Chicago, Gothenburg, Toulouse, Nantes and Rio de Janeiro. He participated in the DOX:LAB programme in Copenhagen, for which he co-directed the medium-length film ‘Auster’ with Kadri Kõusaar. His current feature-length project, ‘The Black Frost’ (2016), had its premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival after being named Best Work-in-Progress at the Mar del Plata International Film Festival. Previously, Schonfeld wrote and directed the television series ‘Ander Egg’ (2011) and ‘El Lobo’ (2013), and the short films ‘Esnorquel’ (2005), ‘Entreluces’ (2007) and ‘Invernario’ (2011).

Production Company Profile

Founded by Bárbara Francisco, Pasto is an independent creative production company based in Buenos Aires, whose aim is to produce art-house films and reveal new local talent. In 2013, Delfina Montecchia joined the company after studying in Paris and working for the Festival de Cannes. Pasto’s filmography includes Daniel Burman’s ‘El Rey del Once’ (2016), Maximiliano Schonfeld’s ‘La Helada Negra’ (2016) and Juan Schnitman’s ‘El Incendio’ (2015), all of which were screened in the Panorama section at the Berlinale; Schonfeld’s ‘Germania’ (2012), which won a Special Jury Award at BAFICI; Santiago Mitre’s ‘El Estudiante’ (2011), which won a Special Jury Award at the Festival del Film Locarno; and María Alché’s upcoming project ‘La Familia Sumergida’ (expected 2017).

Awards and Festival History


Berlinale 2016, Panorama (WP)
Cinelatino 2016 (Latin American Film Festival Toulouse)
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2016, Passion of Latin American Cinema
BAFICI 2016, Special Nights
Santiago International Film Festival 2016


  • Director

    Maximiliano Schonfeld


  • Main Contact

    Barbara Francisco

    +54 114 864 1930

  • Production Company



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