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Death and the Compass


Alex Cox


Death and the Compass is a dark adaptation of the short story by acclaimed Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges.

In a totalitarian metropolis of the future, Erik Lonnrot (Peter Boyle) is a gifted detective investigating a series of strange murders and disappearances that seem to implicate the insane crime lord Red Scarlach.

Enlisting the help of Alonso Zunz (Christopher Eccleston), a principled journalist, Lonnrot believes that he has uncovered a labyrinthine occult conspiracy. However, has the investigator’s brilliance merely precipitated his own destruction? In a nightmare city inhabited only by criminals and police, a mystic detective finds a tool to catch a villainous outlaw. Augmented by a non-linear narrative style, Miguel Sandoval’s unhinged and digressive narration, by mystical and religious overtones and a keen visual sensibility, Death and the Compass is a distinctly unique experience.


Peter Boyle, Miguel Sandoval, Christopher Eccleston, Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Alonso Echánove


Screenplay: Alex Cox; Cinematographer: Miguel Garzón; Music: Pray for Rain; Editor: Carlos Puente


Director's Filmography

Tombstone Rashomon, 2017

Bill the Galactic Hero, 2014

Scene Missing, documentary, 2012

Straight to Hell Returns, 2010

Repo Chick, 2009

Searchers 2.0, 2007

The Pogues: Poguevision, 2006

I'm a Juvenile Delinquent, Jail Me!, 2004

Revengers Tragedy, 2002

Shiritsu tantei Hama Maiku, TV Series, 2002

A Hard Look, documentary, 2000

Kurosawa: The Last Emperor, documentary, 1999

Three Businessmen, 1998

Rambler '65, short, 1997

The Winner, 1996

Death and the Compass, 1992

Highway Patrolman, 1991

Red Hot and Blue, segment Well, Did You Evah!, 1990

Walker, 1987

Straight to Hell, 1987

Sid and Nancy, 1986

Repo Man, 1984

Sleep Is for Sissies, short, 1980

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