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The Moneychanger
Australian Premiere
Reel Latino

Humberto Brause (Daniel Hendler) is on the take – whenever he can, whoever he can. Slick and smart, aggressive to the point of vicious, we follow his ‘career’ across two decades of mid-20th century South America, where the political corruption and military control allowed shady characters such as Humberto to flourish.

In particular, he uses Uruguay’s instability to his advantage, trading foreign currency. His taste for the high life escalates when he is lured into a high stakes money laundering scheme that he finds impossible to resist. But Humberto has to discover the hard way that money can’t buy everything.

A classic rise-and-fall allegory told with confidence and swagger; The Moneychanger ultimately charts the dramatic plummet from prosperous go-getter to bullying crook. As the drama unfolds, the action escalates and we’re pushed to ask how far Humberto is willing to sink into crime and depravity, while taking his family with him. This is a pull-no-punches exposé of male ego gone rogue.

An enjoyably offbeat period character study wrapped in a thriller
Screen International
Federico Veiroj
Daniel Hendler, Dolores Fonzi, Luis Machín, Benjamín Vicuña
2019 | 97 min | Uruguay, Argentina | Drama, Comedy, Thriller
Spanish with English subs

Festivals & Awards

Best Screenplay Adaptation, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Argentina 2019
Platform Prize, Toronto International Film Festival 2019
Horizons Award, San Sebastián International Film Festival 2019