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Héctor Gálvez | Drama, Fiction

2014 | 99 minutes | Peru

A powerful, nuanced look at a country’s efforts to come to terms with a dark chapter in its history.


Peru’s submission to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, NN is a compelling drama that won filmmaker Héctor Gálvez the Best Director Award at the Cartagena Film Festival for this powerful, nuanced look at a country’s efforts to come to terms with a dark chapter in its history.

A group of forensic anthropologists digs up the corpses of eight people who disappeared without a trace 20 years ago during a violent political period in Peru. Among them, they find a ninth unidentified corpse. The only thing that can lead to the identity of the man is the vague photo of a smiling girl found in his shirt’s pocket.

Fidel, a thoughtful investigator fascinated by the case, struggles to maintain a scientific approach to his work when a lonely widow shows up convinced this NN (Non Nomine) is her disappeared husband. Should he conduct a thorough investigation that may leave the widow’s plea unanswered or grant her the closure she has been searching for decades?


"Director Hector Gálvez takes a nuanced, heartfelt look at the raw humanity behind a country's efforts to come to terms with a dark chapter in its history, namely the ruthless violence employed against leftist guerrillas in the 1980s. Paul Vega is excellent as Fidel, perfectly conveying the investigation's toll on his troubled psyche." — Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter

"A fury for crimes unpunished bristles in the film, but Gálvez attains his objectives through his mix of suppressed emotions (mirroring the helplessness of his subjects), rigorous formalism and — most importantly — a sense of empathy and humanity slowly unveiled from within his characters." — Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter

"An engrossing, expertly paced tale that portrays a range of emotions about how to deal with pain and injustice and examines whether peace of mind is more important than fact." — Miguel Pendás, San Francisco International Film Festival

Main credits

Gálvez, Héctor (film director)
Gálvez, Héctor (screenwriter)
Pari, Antonieta (actor)
Gaona, Isabel (actor)
Vega, Paul (actor)
Carvahlo, Paulo de (film producer)

Other credits

Cinematography, Mario Bassino; music, Pauchi Saskai.

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Academy Awards® - Peru’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film
Peruvian Critics Association (APRECI) - Best Peruvian Film
Cartagena International Film Festival - Best Director Award
Guadalajara International Film Festival
Rotterdam International Film Festival
Havana Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Héctor Gálvez


YEAR: 2014

GENRE: Drama, Fiction


COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: High School, College, Adults



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