El juicio (The Trial). 2023. Argentina/Italy/France/Norway. Directed by Ulises de la Orden. North American premiere. In Spanish; English subtitles. 177 min.
Based entirely on courtroom footage in which members of the military junta are tried for their brutal involvement in Argentina’s military dictatorship, The Trial is a tour de force of political filmmaking. Digging into 530 hours of archival material, the film bears patient witness to heart-wrenching testimonies by victims and families of desaparecidos (“the disappeared”) and the unimaginable horrors they describe. The formalities of the courtroom and the repetitive nature of the proceedings magnify the smallest of gestures and shivers of the human voice. An unflinching demonstration of the human capacity for evil, The Trial calls us to listen and remember.