Interval 40. Mariano Llinás

Clorindo Testa

Monday, 18, and Wednesday, 20 March 2024 - 7pm

Free, until full capacity is reached. Tickets may be collected at the Museo’s Ticket Offices or on the Museo Reina Sofía website from 10am on 16 March (a maximum of 2 per person). 20% of the visitor-capacity will be reserved for attendance without ticket collection on the day of the activity. Doors open 30 minutes before the screening

Nouvel Building, Auditorium 200
200 people
Organised by
Museo Reina Sofía

Intervals is the Museo Reina Sofía’s regular programme premiering recent film work, made up of critically acclaimed films from the year in progress or the previous one. This fresh edition is devoted to Clorindo Testa (2023), the latest film by Argentinean film-maker Mariano Llinás (Buenos Aires, 1975), who will present his work over two sessions, holding a talk with the audience in the first.

Mariano Llinás, one of the most original and salient figures in recent cinema, returns after his epic La flor (The Flower, 2018) with a metafictional piece on family, memory and art history. The film explores the process of producing a biographical documentary around the figure of the illustrious architect Clorindo Testa (1923–2013), a friend of the film-maker’s father, the poet and art critic Julio Llinás. In between, akin to a frenetic detective story, suspense, politics, autobiography and, above all, humour convene in what is also an underlying reflection on what film is and what are, if they are actually of use, the narrations the director puts forward.

Are we or are we not watching a film on the Argentinean architect Clorindo Testa? if not, what is it about? Is it about the director’s life, his father’s life, his country’s life? Or is it one of those biographical films in which the narrator tells family stories as he pulls old photos out of a box? These and other possibilities steer this adventure, the subtitle of which, according to Llinás quoting Xavier de Maistre, could be a “voyage autour de mon père”, a journey around my father.


Monday, 18 March 2024 – 7pm / Second session: Wednesday, 20 March 2024 – 7pm

Mariano Llinás. Clorindo Testa
Argentina, 2023, colour, original version in Spanish, DA, 100’
— Presentation by the film-maker in both sessions and a talk in the first


Mariano Llinás
Agustín Mendilaharzu, Miguel de Zuviría and Tomás Guiñazú
Assistant director:
Tomás Guiñazú
Executive production:
Laura Citarella
Miguel de Zuviría
Leonardo Cardemil
Sound post-production:
Valeria Fernández and Gabriel Real
Gabriel Chwojnik
Festivals and awards:

Best Argentinian feature film at the 24th BAFICI (Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival)
Selected in the Albar Section, 60th International Film Festival of Gijón/Xixón (FICX), 2022
Selected in Transicions, D’A Film Festival of Barcelona, 2023
Selected in World Cinema, 24th JEONJU International Film Festival (JIFF), 2023