Film - CineMasters Competition Filmfest 2021


Directed by Federico Veiroj


Director: Federico Veiroj
Section: CineMasters Competition
Country: Argentina, Germany, Uruguay
Year: 2019
Language: Spanish
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Daniel Hendler, Dolores Fonzi, Luis Machin, German da Silva, Benjamin Vicuña


Money laundering meets cynical opportunism amid the fascist dictatorships of 1970s South America.

The future is cashless, we’re told over and over. That might be practical, but it’s also a shame — if only because we’ll have to do without characters like Humberto Brause. In the turbulent 1970s, he makes an unscrupulous living in Montevideo as a money launderer. His clients include both the corrupt Uruguayan government and the armed resistance fighters who are battling the military dictatorship in neighboring Argentina. Whether fascists, Marxists, or opportunists, they all have dollar reserves in secret funds, which Brause skillfully secures. That’s why he occasionally winds up in jail. Thanks to influential amigos, he is released all too soon — as a millionaire, of course. His marriage to Gudrun, played by Latina star Dolores Fonzi, starts to go off the rails, however, because she is also the daughter of his boss, a long-serving, morally upright money changer named Schweinsteiger, who sees a threat to his reputation and his life’s work.

You'll find a Q&A with MONEYCHANGER director Federico Veiroj here.

You can buy tickets for the screening at the associated cinema Filmtheater Sendlinger Tor here.

Meet the director


Federico Veiroj

Federico Veiroj was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1976. He studied media at the Universidad Católica del Uruguay Dámaso Antonio Larrañaga and started off directing short films. His debut film ACNÉ (2008) premiered at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes and, like his second film LA VIDA ÚTIL (2010), received various awards. Most recently, he directed BELMONTE (2018) and ASÍ HABLÓ EL CAMBISTA (2019), both of which were screened in Toronto.


Screenplay: Arauco Hernandez, Martin Mauregui, Federico Veiroj
Original Material: Juan E.Gruber
Director of Photography: Arauco Hernandez
Film Editor: Fernando Franco, Fernando Epstein
Composer: Eduardo Rovira
Production Designer: Javier Barboza
Costume Design: Carolina Dure
Sound: Catriel Vildosola
Animation: Mariano Santilli (VFX)
Make-up artist: Marisa Amenda
Casting director: Jean Michel Cerf
Producer: Santiago Lopez, Hernan Musaluppi
Production Company: Cimarron Cine, Rizoma
Executive producer: Natacha Cervi, Santiago López, Hernán Musaluppi
Co-Producer: Christoph Friedel
Co-Production Company: Pandora Filmproduktion GmbH