A Twelve-Year Night

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A Twelve-Year Night
A Twelve-Year Night.jpg
Film poster
Directed byÁlvaro Brechner
Produced by
  • Mariela Besuievsky
  • Philippe Gompel
  • Birgit Kemner
  • Vanessa Ragone
  • Fernando Sokolowicz
Written byÁlvaro Brechner
Music byFederico Jusid
CinematographyCarlos Catalán
Edited byIrene Blecua
Nacho Ruiz Capillas
  • Alcaravan
  • Haddock Films
  • Hernández y Fernández Producciones Cinematograficas
  • Manny Films
  • Movistar+
  • Salado Media
  • Tornasol Films
  • Zweites Deustches Fernsehen
  • Arte France Cinema
Distributed byLife Films (Uruguay)
Saldavia Cinema (Spain)
Release date
‹See TfM›
  • 1 September 2018 (2018-09-01) (Venice)
  • 20 September 2018 (2018-09-20) (Uruguay)
Running time
122 minutes
  • Uruguay
  • Spain
  • Argentina
  • France
  • Germany
Box office$347,908[1][2]

A Twelve-Year Night (Spanish: La noche de 12 años) is a 2018 Uruguayan drama film directed by Álvaro Brechner. [3] It premiered in Official Selection at the 75th Venice International Film Festival, and it was selected as the Uruguayan entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.[4][5] The film won the Golden Pyramid Award at the 40th Cairo International Film Festival.

The film is about the 12-year incarceration of members of the Tupamaros, a left-wing urban guerrilla group active in the 1960s and 1970s, 9 of whom were held as "hostages" between 1972 and 1985.

As a result, several characters are dramatisations of real people. Among them, José Mujica who became the 40th President of Uruguay from 2010 to 2015.



Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 80% based on 15 reviews and an average rating of 7.43/10.[6]


A Twelve-Year Night won the Golden Pyramid Award at the 40th Cairo International Film Festival on 29 November 2018.[7] The film received six nominations for the 6th Platino Awards, including Best Ibero-American Film and Best Director.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "A Twelve-Year Night". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  2. ^ "A Twelve-Year Night". The Numbers. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Alvaro Brechner on A Twelve-Year Night, Exploring the Human Condition". Variety. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  4. ^ "La noche de 12 años: lo más visto del fin de semana y seleccionada por Uruguay para el Oscar". El Observador. 25 September 2018. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  5. ^ Mango, Agustin (27 September 2018). "Oscars: Uruguay Selects A Twelve-Year Night for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  6. ^ "A TWELVE-YEAR NIGHT (LA NOCHE DE 12 AÑOS)". rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  7. ^ Vivarelli, Nick (30 November 2018). "A Twelve-Year Night, Uruguay's Oscar Candidate, Wins Top Prize in Cairo". Variety. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  8. ^ Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Roma’ Nabs Nine Nominations for 6th Premios Platino

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