About the film

From Oscar® nominee for Best Live Action Short Film, Esteban Crespo, comes this story set in Africa about a merciless negotiator who ends up mediating in a kidnapping where nothing is as it seems. Corruption and injustice will be our hero’s travel companions and he will learn there is no such thing as absolute good or pure evil.

Carlos is a businessman who gets a request to intercede on behalf a US engineer in the oil industry who’s been kidnapped. Son of a successful diplomat, husband about to become a father and an ambitious international executive, Carlos travels to Africa to resolve a situation created by the disappearance of some important documents that compromise his company.

Upon arrival, Carlos will discover a part of his past that he ignored and a dangerous reality very different from what he expected. He will have to face it, turning his life around and disrupting all the values on which it was based. The personal meets the professional and Carlos faces the biggest dilemma of his life.

“It’s very hard to think nobly when you’re only trying to stay alive.”

— Jean-Jaques Rousseau

“'Black Beach' reveals the gigantic, complex and incomprehensible machinery that sustains any modern day conflict in different places around the world.”

— Esteban Crespo, director

Festivals & Awards Winner: Official Selection at Málaga Spanish Film Festival 2020

Stills from the movie


Special event: The screening will be introduced by an online presentation with director Esteban Crespo.
30 October
Pathé Tuschinski 1
31 October
Pathé De Munt 9
01 November
Pathé De Munt 9
11 December
LantarenVenster 1
12 December
LantarenVenster 1
13 December
LantarenVenster 1
11 December
Pathé Buitenhof 4


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