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La edad media

The Middle Ages
Still from the film "La edad media (The Middle Ages)" by Alejo Moguillansky and Luciana Acuña. A man and a woman stand next to each other in a living room, in the mirror behind them we see the reflection of their daughter standing on a coffee table.
© El Pampero Cine
  • Director

    Alejo Moguillansky, Luciana Acuña

  • Argentina / 2022
    90 min. / Original version with English subtitles

  • Original language

    Spanish, English

Films about confinement during the pandemic may have gone viral, but LA EDAD MEDIA is a species of a whole other kind. Lucid and ludic, terribly funny but also deeply serious at the same time, this film co-directed by dancer and choreographer Luciana Acuña and filmmaker Alejo Moguillansky has a wise, privileged narrator: their ten-year-old daughter Cleo. Through her eyes, the film deals with far more issues than mere Covid routines, such as online lessons and virtual shopping, the latter of which turns awfully weird here. Rampant inflation, cultural policy and market value are on the menu of LA EDAD MEDIA, which expands upon the question raised by Moguillansky in his previous film POR EL DINERO (2019): is it possible for artists to pay the bills with their work? And if so, at what cost? The cinematic use of the restricted space of the family home is masterful in all its possibilities, which Acuña and Moguillansky embrace with a crazy, slapstick spirit augmented with Samuel Beckett's Theatre of the Absurd. And a special mention goes to Juana, the family dog: Aki Kaurismäki would surely love to cast her in his next film. (Luciano Monteagudo)

Alejo Moguillansky, born in 1978 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied film and works as a writer, editor, producer, actor and director. His films are regularly invited to major international festivals. In collaboration with Luciana Acuña and Grupo Krapp, he has created numerous dance and theatre productions in addition to his cinematic work. Alejo Moguillansky is a professor at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires.

Luciana Acuña, born in 1975 in Córdoba, Argentina. She studied contemporary dance and works as an actor, dancer and choreographer. Luciana Acuña is a director of the interdisciplinary Grupo Krapp ensemble. Her artistic works, performances and installations have been featured at festivals and theatres on multiple continents. She is a professor at the Universidad Nacional de las Artes in Buenos Aires.

Production Laura Citarella, Ingrid Pokropek, Alejo Moguillansky, Luciana Acuña. Production company El Pampero Cine (Buenos Aires, Argentina). Directed by Alejo Moguillansky, Luciana Acuña. Written by Alejo Moguillansky, Luciana Acuña, Walter Jakob. Cinematography Alejo Moguillansky. Editing Alejo Moguillansky, Mariano Llinás. Music Fernando Tur, Oscar Strasnoy. Sound design Marcos Canosa. Sound Marcos Canosa. Production design Alejo Moguillansky, Luciana Acuña. Executive producers Laura Citarella, Ingrid Pokropek, Alejo Moguillansky, Luciana Acuña. With Cleo Moguillansky, Alejo Moguillansky, Luciana Acuña, Lisandro Rodríguez, Walter Jakob, Lalo Rotavería, Luis Biasotto, Oscar Strasnoy.


Alejo Moguillansky: 2005: La prisionera / The Prisoner (75 min.). 2009: Castro (90 min.). 2013: El loro y el cisne / The Parrot and the Swan (100 min.). 2014: El escarabajo de oro / The Gold Bug (100 min.). 2017: La vendedora de fósforos / The Little Match Girl (67 min.). 2019: Por el dinero / For the Money (80 min.). 2020: Un día de caza / Hunting Day (30 min.), La noche submarina / The Underwater Night (80 min.). 2021: Carta a Antonioni / Letter to Antonioni (18 min.). 2022: La edad media / The Middle Ages.

Luciana Acuña: 2020: Un día de caza / Hunting Day (20 min.). 2022: La edad media / The Middle Ages.

Bonus Material

Essay and Director's Statement

  • Still from the film "La edad media (The Middle Ages)" by Alejo Moguillansky and Luciana Acuña. A woman lays on the stairs of a house with blood on her chest. In the background, out of focus, we see her daughter with a plastic gun.


    In “Time She Stopped” Patricia Zimmermann examines the ruptured temporalities of Luciana Acuña and Alejo Moguillansky’s LA EDAD MEDIA.

  • Still from the film "La edad media (The Middle Ages)" by Alejo Moguillansky and Luciana Acuña. A man sits on a motorcycle in front of a doorway while a girl stands next to him wearing PPE counts money.

    Directors' Statement

    Luciana Acuña and Alejo Moguillansky on their film LA EDAD MEDIA and the ways cinema can help us experience the present.

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