World Cinema

The Night Guard

(El Vigilante)

Year 2016
Runtime 75 mins
Language Spanish
Subtitles English
Canadian Premiere

Preceded by the short film: Einstein-rosen

An intelligent thriller where a construction site security guard becomes witness to an unexpected series of crimes and acts of corruption.

Salvador (Leonardo Alonso) works the night shift as a security guard at a construction site located on the outskirts of Mexico City. One day as he is arriving for work, Salvador finds police present at the construction site inquiring about a van which is part of a crime scene. Salvador honestly tells the police what he knows about the van but his statement is different from that of his co-worker. This causes the police officer to return and further query Salvador. In the meantime, Salvador really wants to leave work early for an important engagement, but his night takes a completely different turn as the construction site becomes a busy hub of activity with unexpected visitors and events, including an on-site theft.

Diego Ros’ striking debut THE NIGHT GUARD is an astute thriller that uses a construction site and the character of Salvador as a means of examining the larger society around the construction site, a society that navigates on a different moral compass than the one Salvador is used to.

THE NIGHT GUARD will be preceded by the short film:


Los Angeles Film Festival, Best Film (World Fiction Award); Morelia International Film Festival, Best Film and Best Actor
Morelia International Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, Lima Film Festival, Fribourg International Film Festival
Diego Ros
Jack Zagha Kababie, Laura Pino, Diego Ros, Yossy Zagha
Diego Ros
Galo Olivares
Diego Ros
Miguel Hernández
Leonardo Alonso, Ari Gallegos, Hector Holten, Lilia Mendoza, Noe Hernandez, Bryan Mateo, Rodrigo Franco