A Moonless Night

(Una noche sin luna)
Germán Tejeira | Comedy, Drama, Fiction

2015 | 81 minutes | Argentina, Uruguay

Up-and-coming Uruguayan director Germán Tejeira creates a moving, poignant, and witty character study in his first feature film.


Up-and-coming Uruguayan director Germán Tejeira creates a moving, poignant, witty character study in his first feature film.

On New Year’s Eve, three lonely characters travel to a small town in the Uruguayan countryside. César, a divorced man, arrives at the town, where he will have dinner with his ex-wife’s new family in an attempt to win back his daughter’s love. Antonio, a small-time magician, is trying to get to the town to perform his routine at the community center, but his car breaks down. Stranded in the middle of the deserted road, he meets Laura, a woman working at the toll station. Miguel, a performer, prepares to sing at the community center’s New Year’s Eve party. By following their paths to the town, the characters have a chance to change their destinies.


"One night in the lives of four differently lonely, ungrounded souls is portrayed with delicacy and gentle wit." — Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter

"The type of rare film that smoothly manages to achieve several things at once: it's genuinely moving and a bit poignant without being corny or cheaply sentimental, it's most simple in the best possible manner (a very hard thing to get right) and never falls into facile simplicity (often the case in films with minimalist stories), it's respectful of its characters and yet sometimes it tenderly laughs at them, and it fully conveys the alluring melancholy and deadpan sense of humor typical of so many Uruguayans." — Pablo Suárez, Buenos Aires Herald

"A Moonless Night...studies its characters with detail. It gives the impression of understanding them with affection. This doesn't happen very often." — Benjamín Harguindey, Escribiendo Cine

"Without falling into cheesy sentimentalism but rather to a melancholic ‘costumbrismo’ inherited from Aki Kaurismaki and the celebrated Uruguayan duo of Pablo Stoll and Juan Pablo Rebella, A Moonless Night brings a dazzling atmosphere." — Jorge Luis Fernández, Revista Veintitrés

Main credits

Tejeira, Germán (film director)
Tejeira, Germán (screenwriter)
Goyoaga, Julián (film producer)
Maristany, Juan (film producer)
Suárez, Roberto (actor)
Melingo (actor)
Keoroglian, Marcel (actor)

Other credits

Cinematography, Magela Crosignani; editor, Germán Tejeira, Julián Goyoaga; music, Bruno Boselli & Gastón Otero.

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Academy Awards® - Uruguay’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film
San Sebastián International Film Festival
Zurich Film Festival - Best International Film
Palm Springs International Film Festival
Panamá International Film Festival
International Film Festival of Independent Cinema of Cosquín Argentina

DIRECTOR: Germán Tejeira

NATIONALITY: Argentina, Uruguay

YEAR: 2015

GENRE: Comedy, Drama, Fiction


COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: High School, College, Adults



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