Set in modern day Buenos Aires, the film centers around a relationship between two emotionally crippled roommates. Adrian LeDuc is a lonely sociopath who is forced to rent his insane mother’s room due to poor ticket sales at his revival movie theater. Jack Carney, the new roommate, appears normal enough at first but it soon becomes apparent that he is hiding something.
As their friendship develops, Adrian suppresses his suspicions that Jack may be the government mercenary turned serial killer who has been terrorizing the city. The other eccentric residents of the building begin to worry as Adrian shows increasing signs that his mother’s insanity may be hereditary. The shocking climax of this twisted tale of deceit, perversion and murder reveals the darker side of the human psyche.
Apartment Zero is a 1988 Argentine-British political thriller film co-written and directed by Argentine-born screenwriter Martin Donovan and starring Hart Bochner and Colin Firth. The film is famously suffused with homoerotic overtones and moments of black comedy. It was produced in 1988 and premiered at film festivals throughout 1989.
Apartment Zero (1988)
Directed by: Martin Donovan
Starring: Hart Bochner, Colin Firth, Dora Bryan, Liz Smith, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, James Telfer, Mirella D’Angelo, Cipe Lincovsky, Francesca d’Aloja
Screenplay by: Martin Donovan
Production Design by: Miguel Ángel Lumaldo
Cinematography by: Miguel Rodríguez
Film Editing by: Conrad M. Gonzalez
Costume Design by: Angélica Fuentes, Marisa Urruti
Art Direction by: Miguel Ángel Lumaldo
Music by: Elia Cmiral
Distributed by: Union Station Media
Release Date: September 15, 1988