Closing Night: Mr. Kaplan

A film by Álvaro Brechner

This film was screened as a part of the 2015 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF18)


Spain/Uruguay/Germany, Comedy/Drama/Thriller, 2014
95 min, ProRes, Color
Spanish, Yiddish with English subtitles

At 76, Jacob Kaplan has become grumpy, fed up with his community and his family’s lack of interest in their family’s heritage; Jacob fled Europe for South America because of World War II. But a beach bar may provide him with an unexpected opportunity to achieve greatness and recover his family’s respect in the community. Its owner, a quiet, elderly German, raises Mr. Kaplan’s suspicions that he’s a runaway Nazi. Ignoring his family’s concerns, Jacob recruits Contreras, a more loyal than honest former police officer, to help him investigate. Together, they try to repeat the historic capture of Adolf Eichmann, by unmasking and kidnapping the German and secretly taking him to Israel. MR. KAPLAN was nominated for Best Iberoamerican Film at the 2015 Goya Awards and was Uruguay’s candidate for Best Foreign Film at the 2015 Academy Awards.

Regional Premiere

About the director

- DirectorÁlvaro Brechner (Director, Writer, Producer) has won 50 awards in over 140 international film festivals. In 2009, Álvaro’s directing feature debut MAL DIA PARA PESCAR (BAD DAY TO GO FISHING), premiered in competition at the 48th International Critic’s Week of Cannes Film Festival and was Uruguay’s candidate to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film. His second feature, MR. KAPLAN, was theatrically released in 2014.



Producer: Álvaro Brechner, Mariana Secco
Production Companies: Baobab Films, Salado, Razor Film, Expresso Films, ZDF/Arte
Screenwriter: Álvaro Brechner
Cinematographer: Álvaro Gutierrez
Editor: Nacho Ruiz Capillas
Sound Design: Fabian Oliver
Music: Mikel Salas
Cast: Hector Noguera, Nestor Guzzini, Rolf Becker, Nidia Telles, Nuria Flo, Leonor Syarcas

Print Source: Neil Friedman – Menemsha Films,