10th edition CIFF – 10-14 April 2024

La luz incidente (Incident Light) (2016 Feature Film)

Ariel Rotter | Argentina, France, Uruguay | 2015 | 95 min | Spanish | e.s.

Shot in beautiful and appropriate black-and-white, Rotter's third film after Solo por hoy/Just for Today and El otro/The Other, is an intimate tale about family, mourning and love. In 1960s Buenos Aires, a beautiful, young, single mother cares for her twins after the sudden death of her husband. Then a new admirer appears.

After the sudden death of her husband, Luisa (Erica Luis) has to go looking for a partner. Someone who can help care for her two daughters, primarily in a financial sense. With her hair done up, she goes for a night out. She soon finds a potential candidate, the gallant Ernesto (Marcelo Subiotto). But has she got over the death of her lover? Does she really want a new relationship? These doubts are amplified by observational compositions – small glimpses into the life of a family in mourning in 1960s Buenos Aires. The sultry and occasionally static camera work and the choice of filming in black-and-white seem to be a direct homage to the golden era of Hollywood. Likewise, the play with lighting is occasionally reminiscent of film noir. These style techniques are used to get to the core of the matter: Will Luisa re-find happiness?

Place: CINEMA 3

Date: 7 April 2016

Time: 16:30

Duration: 1:30

Place: CINEMA 3

Date: 8 April 2016

Time: 19:15

Duration: 1:30

Year in



Ariel Rotter


Guillermo Nieto


Erica Rivas
Marcelo Subiotto
Susana Pampín
Greta Cara
Lupe Cara
Rossana Vezzon
Elvira Onetto




Eliane D. Katz




95 min


Mariano Loaicono


Juan Pablo Miller
Ariel Rotter

Production Company

Tarea Filmes
Aire Cine

Production Design

Aili Chen


Urban Distribution International


Ariel Rotter

Sound Design

Martin Litmanovich

Year of Production


Ariel ROTTER (1973, Argentina) enrolled at the Universidad del Cine in 1992. He was involved with many television and theatre productions. His short films Legolas (1993) and Spectros (1995) won prizes at several festivals. His debut feature film Solo por hoy/Just for Today (2001) brought him international recognition. His feature El otro/The Other (2007) won two Silver Bears in Berlin. La luz incidente/Incident Light (2015) is his third feature.



Legalos (1993, short), Spectros (1995, short), Solo por hoy/Just for Today (2001), El otro/The Other (2007), La luz incidente/Incident Light (2015)