Chile / United States / Germany / Netherlands / Spain 2020, 90 min, Spanish, Hebrew & English subtitles

Sergio is on a secret spy-mission: to infiltrate a retirement home and check how the residents are treated by the staff. At 83, he learns to operate a digital camera hidden in the frame of his glasses, and a voice recorder concealed inside a pen. He is not much of a spy, but he makes up for it with dedication. As he pries, peeks, sneaks, and eavesdrops, the plot thickens.
In his desperate attempts to collect findings for his “operator”, Sergio finds himself in an altogether different kind of affair—the romantic kind. Enamored female residents cannot resist his charm, and the air of the retirement home crackles with romantic tension. Director Maite Alberdi (La Once, The Grown Ups) delivers a tender and carefully crafted study of loneliness, compassion, attraction, and hope.

Previous Festivals: Sundance


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  • Filmmaker Maite Alberdi in conversation with Nir Ferber

    Fri 11.09 at 21:00

Director & Script: Maite Alberdi
Production: Marcela Santibañez
Production Company: Micromundo Producciones, Motto Pictures, Sutor Kolonko, Volya Films, Malvalanda
Editing: Carolina Siraqyan
Cinematography: Pablo Valdés
Music: Vincent Van Warmerdam

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Maite Alberdi studied Film and Aesthetics at the Universidad Católica de Chile. She is a writer-director who has developed a highly particular style that achieves an intimate portrayal of the characters she works with through everyday stories in small-scale worlds.
Alberdi has written and directed three documentary feature films ( The Grown-Ups, Tea Time , and The Lifeguard ) and three documentary short films (“I’m Not from Here,” “The Hairdressers,” and “The Trapeze Artists”).
In 2011, Alberdi premiered at IDFA her first and noted feature film, The Lifeguard . Through Micromundo, her production company, she directed her film Tea Time (funded by: ITVS, Berta Fund, Tribeca Film Institute, FFA, CORFO), which premiered at IDFA 2014, broadcasted during POV season in 2015. Tea Time has received the following awards: AWJF-EDA Best Female-Directed Documentary IDFA, and Best Documentary Award at: Miami International Film Festival, EIDF-EBS Korea, DocsBarcelona, FICCI Cartagena, FICG Guadalajara, SANFIC Santiago, among others. In 2016, Alberdi premiered her short film “I’m Not from Here,” which won Best Short Film at Visions Du Reel 2016 and was given the Krakow Short Film Nomination for The European Film Awards

2016. In November 2016 she premiered her film The Grown-Ups in the official Feature Length Documentary Competition at IDFA.
Alberdi works as a documentary teacher at the Universidad Católica de Chile, and is co- writer of the book Teorías del cine documental en Chile: 1957- 1973, or Documentary Film Theories in Chile: 1957- 1973 .

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