Benjamín Naishtat, born in Buenos Aires, is a filmmaker. His works includes experimental and fictional works, such as the shorts El Juego (2010) and Historia del Mal (2011) and the features Historia del Miedo (2014) and El Movimiento (2015). His third feature film, Rojo, will have its release in early 2018.
During his Radcliffe fellowship, he is developing a fictional-experimental feature film project adapted from The Seven Madmen, a 1929 Argentine novel by Roberto Arlt, in combination with a Jules Verne novel and a violin concerto by the contemporary Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera. The main goal of the research process for this film, and of the film itself, is to establish connections between the spiritual mood of the late 1920s that resulted in the rise of fascism in large parts of the western world and the current ongoing streams of borderline politics and religious frenzy.
Naishtat completed his studies at the Universidad del Cine, in Buenos Aires, later holding a two-year residency at Le Fresnoy-Studio national des arts contemporains, a French institution that favors transdiciplinary interaction for artists. He has shown his work internationally, including at the Berlinale, Festival de Cannes, Locarno Festival, and the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and at such institutions as Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art. He has won awards at the festivals of Jeonju, Mar del Plata, San Francisco, Valdivia, and Wroclaw, among others. The Cinema South International Film Festival organized the first retrospective of his work in 2016.