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Spanish with English subtitles - Spanish language audio description available *

With Luis Machín, Maximiliano Bini, Natalia Di Cienzo

A canine family becomes the catalyst for human connection in this heartwarming film about a lonely man looking for a way to keep his seven dogs in his apartment despite the neighbors’ threats.

Ernesto lives with his seven dogs in an apartment building in the city of Córdoba, Argentina. His lonely daily routine revolves around his pets’ needs, his health problems, and his money problems. Tired of the constant barking, some of his neighbors arrange a mediation hearing, urging him to take his pets out of the apartment. But Ernesto cannot envision a life without his dogs, and he cannot afford to move elsewhere.

Thanks to the empathy of people who are also lonely, but share common spaces that connect them, Ernesto finds a way to solve the conflict.

Seven Dogs is a simple and bright film on prejudice, finger-pointing, and social harassment.

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Press

“It's nice to see such a luminous film even in a context that is not so luminous. It makes you smile, it makes you laugh, and it also awakens genuine tenderness and emotion.” – Daniel Andrés Ruiz Sierra, Cine Vista

“The strengths of this film are many. First of all, the acting of Luis Machín (Ernesto) who is a first class actor and on whom almost all the weight of the story falls. Then the simplicity of the story that – at the same time – contrasts with the complexity of the situations it deals with: coexistence and community bonds, grief and – of course – the role of pets. The seven dogs in this case not only capture the viewer’s empathy, but reveal the real role they can play in the lives of people who are alone and sick. In this sense, the great success of Guerrero’s film is to make us rethink the relationship between people and pets, and explore what issues are at stake in these relationships.” – Maly Polotto, Sounds & Colours

About the Director
Rodrigo Guerrero was born in Córdoba, Argentina, in 1982. He has a degree in Film and Television from the National University of Córdoba, and holds a Master’s Degree in Creating Audiovisual Screenplays from the International University in La Rioja, Spain. His first feature film El invierno de los raros (2011) had its world premiere at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. His second feature film, El tercero, premiered at BAFICI in 2014, and his next project, Venezia had its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2019.

His last feature film, Seven Dogs (Siete perros), participated in Cine en Construcción 38 Lima-Toulouse and had its world premiere at the Cairo International Film Festival. He is currently developing his new film, Perimetral.

Notes on Film

“How can the predicament of an individual, which is foreign to other people and goes beyond the responsibility of a particular social group, be solved collectively? This premise let us develop a film that is built around the theme of how others look at us, conceived from two different perspectives; the way others judge us, but also the way they can support us.

In a time in which the ways of connecting are imbued with virtuality and economic crises mark the course of social transformation, we think it is important to remind ourselves once again that we can find and help each other, and promote the idea that we will find the best way to coexist if we work together, by getting out of ourselves, looking at and acknowledging each other, appealing to our empathy, and seeking creative solutions to collective problems.”

– Rodrigo Guerrero, Director