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DIRECTED BY Marco Berger

Country: Argentina
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Original Title: AUSENTE

Running Time: 70min
Film Year: 2010
Category: Miami Film 2016

Sebastián (Carlos Echevarria), a thirty-year-old high school swimming coach, is tricked into letting sixteen-year-old Martín (Javier de Pietro), his pupil, sleep over at his place. Martín has been nursing a crush on Sebastián—who identifies as heterosexual—and once these two find themselves in Sebastián’s apartment both of them clearly have different ideas of what they would like to happen that night.

Yet for Sebastián, the morning after brings a new realm of possibility to his staid, one-dimensional life. Martín has ushered into this life an experience that Sebastián was not looking for, but that has nonetheless altered his mindset and unmoored aspects of his identity that he had always considered to be fixed.

Argentine director Marco Berger’s second feature delicately and intelligently considers the precariousness of a teacher-student relationship and the ways a heterosexual man can feel forever altered in the wake of a sexual scenario he never thought possible. – Andres Castillo


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Director: Marco Berger
Producer: Pablo Ingercher
Screenwriter: Marco Berger

Music: Pedro Irusta
Cinematographer: Tomás Pérez Silva
Editor: Marco Berger

Cast: Carlos Echevarría, Javier De Pietro, Antonella Costa, Alejandro Barbero, Rocío Pavón, Rocío Pavón, Luis Mango

Marco Berger

Marco Berger is an Argentine filmmaker. He studied at Buenos Aires’ Universidad del Cine. His directorial credits include Plan B (09), Cinco (10), Absent (11), Hawaii (13) and Butterfly (15), which screened at the Festival last year.

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