Argentina, 1985 is the latest International Feature submission for Argentina. Based on real events, the film follows the events surrounding the trials that occurred in 1984-1985 against the civil-military dictators. Those individuals were responsible for the most bloody dictatorship in the history of the country. The film follows a group of lawyers led by prosecutors Julio Strassera and Luis Moreno Ocampo.
In December, 1983 Argentina recovers its democracy and a few years later a new government takes over the country. Seven months later the trials begin against nine commanders, where prosector Julio is in charge of convicting these criminals. These commanders are charged with homicides, unlawful deprivation of liberty, torture and aggravated larceny.
The film follows Julio and Luis as they find a team of young lawyers and investigators to find information to convict these men. As the trial is scheduled to happen in five months, the film showcases and follows the events from September 1984 to the beginning of the trial in February 1985 to the end of the proceedings in September 1985.
Director Santiago Mitre does an excellent reenactment of what it took to bring Videla and other leaders of Argentina's military to justice after committing various atrocities against regular people. This movie represents explicitly how every single country needs to deal with dictatorship and how to deal with a corrupt army. The need to apply an exemplary conviction rate to all people that are guilty is absolutely necessary to restore peace. It’s an extraordinary film showing the difference that a small group of brave individuals can do for one’s country. In the end, we still all can have hope that things will get better, that fighting for justice is worth it in order to make a better world for us and for future generations.