The Tip of the Iceberg
The rigours of corporate culture are well-known, and the true-life tragedy of 2009 when 20 employees committed suicide at France Télécom inspired writerdirector David Cánovas’ debut feature.
Set in Cánovas’ native Spain, amid a not-so mythical world of profit at any cost, a multinational company is shaken when three of its employees commit suicide. One of the company’s executives, Sofía Cuevas (Maribel Verdú from Y Tu Mamá También and Pan’s Labyrinth), is chosen to prepare a report on the suicides; but not so much for workplace safety but to assist those at the upper echelons of the company to deal with the negative publicity. The further she delves into the lives of the dead employees, and experiences firsthand the almost totalitarian conditions in which the rank-and-file perform, Sofia – once a strident supporter of the company – finds herself identifying more with the human toll. It becomes apparent, while the dead had other fears and anxieties plaguing them, the workplace culture and a mysterious Iceberg Project have a lot to answer for.
A sinister and testosterone-riddled thriller, The Tip of the Iceberg holds its cards close to its chest, incrementally playing its hand with every clue Sofía uncovers.
The latest addition to a lengthening list of quality Spanish takes on the horrors of corporate life.