MAN IS AN ISLAND by Juan Schnitman – In development
Fernando, a 36 year old naval officer, arrives from southern Argentina to work in an oil tanker that connects Rosario and Buenos Aires. But his trip seems to hide other motives: as he begins an intense relationship with young Brazilian Melissa in Rosario, he also has sexual encounters in Buenos Aires with his Spanish ex-girlfriend Gabriela, even after she becomes pregnant with her husband’s child. While Melissa is expecting Fernando’s child, his double life starts to disintegrate into obsession and violence. He desperately seeks Gabriela ́s house among the islands of Tigre’s delta. Blood will soon run though the brown rivers.
Born in Buenos Aires in 1980, Juan grew up in the countryside and returned to the capital in the 90s to study film direction at the Universidad del Cine. After graduating, in 2004 he co-wrote and co-directed El Amor (primera parte) with Santiago Mitre, Alejandro Fadel and Martín Mauregui. The film, produced by Universidad del Cine and Mariano Llinás, sold out for six months in Buenos Aires and was selected for the Critic ́s Week in Mostra Internazionale di Cinema di Venezia, among many other festivals.
In 2007 he co-directed Grande para la Ciudad, a documentary about uruguayan brit pop band Astroboy that premiered at BAFICI. In 2015 he premiered El Incendio, his solo fiction debut, at Berlinale’s Panorama.