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Schafhaus (casa de ovejas)

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Production year: 
January, 2011
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Alberto Masliah, born on July 5th, 1967 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is a producer, director, actor, and university professor. He began to study cinema when he was 15, getting his degree as a filmmaker at the Vicente López Cinema School when he was 18. He is a Sound and Image Designer graduated from the University of Buenos Aires, where he has been an Audiovisual Design senior professor since 1995. He has pursued a career as an actor in the underground theater, receiving the Best Actor Award at the FACCMA Contest in 1993.

In 2005, he produced and directed a documentary feature “Negro Che, los primeros desaparecidos” (“Black Che, The First Disappeared”) about the struggle that Afro-Argentine people had to put up to survive cultural disappearance and oblivion. This documentary has granted him the invitation to take part in the 4th International Low-Budget Film Festival in Gibara (Cuba), the 2nd Argentine Film Festival in Mexico City (Mexico), the 8th Human Rights International Film Festival (DerHumALC) in Buenos Aires (Argentina), the 8th “Santiago Álvarez In Memoriam” International Documentary Festival in Santiago de Cuba (Cuba), and the 3rd International Film Festival “El Ojo Cojo” in Madrid (Spain), among other festivals and events.

In 2009 he produced “Vecinos” (“Neighbors”), a feature film directed by Rodolfo Durán. In 2010, he produced “Domingo de Ramos” (“Palm Sunday”), a feature film directed by Toti Glusman. Additionally, during the same year, he directed “Schafhaus”, the first fictional film he has directed where he has also been co-screenwriter, producer, and actor.

Film director: 
Alberto Masliah
About the Producer: 
A producer company in Argentina
Alberto Masliah, Lucas Santa Ana y Gustavo Cabaña
Eva Poncet
Film photographer: 
Mariana Russo
Mariano Fernandez
Mariano Fernandez
Art Director: 
Gustavo La Rosa
Cast 1: 
Sergio Surraco
Cast 2: 
Maria Lia Bagnoli
Cast 3: 
Guido Massri
Cast 4: 
Bernarda Pages
Cast 5: 
Maria Fiorentino
Film synopsis: 
ERNESTO (36) arrives at Trelew, Argentina, from Germany, where he had been living since he was three years old. His grandparents had taken him to Germany after his parents disappeared during the military dictatorship. Now, Ernesto has returned for the first time to his native country to take charge of the negotiations his grandfather had been conducting with an Argentine wool company, until his recent death. When Ernesto arrives at the airport, memories of his last moments with his parents come flooding back. These disorganized and incomprehensible flashbacks affect him to the point of causing him to faint. Once in the hotel room, he goes to the scheduled meeting. There he meets MR. OSCAR QUIROGA, one of his grandfather’s oldest friends. He gives him a picture in which Quiroga himself appears with Ernesto’s grandparents and father, then a little boy. This is the first photograph he has ever seen of his father, because his grandparents, afraid of hurting him, had concealed his parents’ past in Argentina from him. In the picture he can also see a country house that he had never heard of before and which belonged to his grandparents called “Schafhaus.” The following day, Ernesto is supposed to come back to Germany, but he can’t take his flight due to a pilots’ strike. With the excuse of selecting the wool bales he has bought, Ernesto rents a car and drives south to the Patagonia, but his real goal is to find the place shown in the picture. In the car he finds a children’s book telling the story of a little sheep called Anita who travels back home. Unknowingly, Anita’s story will lead him to his goal. On the way, Ernesto has an accident and seeks help at a nearby gas station. There he meets FLOR, the owner, and ÉRICA who lives in a motor-home near the gas station. Erica is a divorced anthropologist and mother of MARTÍN, a teenager. Because of his accident, Ernesto is forced to live with them, and little by little he begins to open up, and tells them his story. As Ernesto and Martín feel so closely identified with each other, they soon become friends. With Érica, instead, tension begins to build up, due to the mutual attraction they gradually start to feel. This brings Ernesto into trouble with GERARDO, the town’s mechanic and Érica’s boyfriend. During his stay in the town, Ernesto puts his wool selection meetings to good use –he does everything he can to try to find “Schafhaus.” Later on, he runs into a mysterious MAPUCHE OLD LADY who deeply moves him when she calls him by his father’s name. Ernesto sees in her the chance to find what he is looking for, but everybody persuades him to forget all about it, as they say the woman is mentally deranged. Having finished his negotiations, and without any hope of finding the place, Ernesto starts planning to go back to Germany. But one day, to his surprise, he notices the children’s story found in the car mentions the place he has been looking for and therefore could be the key to “Schafhaus.” So Ernesto decides to pay a visit to the story writer, GEORGINA, without suspecting she was a good friend of his mother’s. This knowledge shakes Ernesto’s whole existence. It’s only then when he is able to reconstruct his memories of the last moments he shared with his parents. Georgina, who has been in touch with Ernesto’s grandfather for the last thirty years, gives him the keys to “Schafhaus.” In the end, Ernesto goes to the place he has been looking for. It is there, in his grandparents’ country house, the place where his father grew up, where Ernesto finally reconstructs his own story.
Budget Range: 
Between $100 000 and $1 Million
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35 mm
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Dolby A
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Invitation to Cinetopia film festival


My name is Hanna Sköld, and I’d like to invite you to submit casa de ovejas to Cinetopia festival. Cinetopia is a participatory festival, with a completely new local/global concept. We will screen films at independent locations all over the world at the same time during one week.

Cinemas, cultural institutions, libraries and private homes anywhere in the world will become hosts for the festival during one week in september. The hosts choose films from, sell tickets and organize the screenings. 

The income from tickets sold is automatically split between the host and the filmmaker.

We are filmmakers ourselves with roots in the independent film industry, and our goal is to create a more open, collaborating and transparent festival and film distribution system. No competitions and no gatekeepers. Just collaboration and sharing. 

This is the second year the festival is arranged. Last year it was called Nordic Creative Commons film festival, and 60 different events took part throughout Europe, with 260 screenings.

We would love to have your film as part of the festival. Please have a look at, and submit casa de ovejas to the festival. 

I am looking forward to hear from you, and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions. 

All the best, Hanna Sköld 


Hanna Sköld

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