Rising Argentinian filmmaker Agustina Comedi is the latest recipient of the IDFA Project Award at DocMontevideo. Awarded in late July for her feature-length documentary project Putas como nosotras (Whores Like Us), Comedi will have access to all online industry activities at IDFA 2020 in addition to tailor-made consultancies prior to the festival.
Since premiering her feature-length film Silence Is a Falling Body at IDFA 2017, a familial exploration of closeted queerness in 1980s Argentina that later won the Silver Condor Award for Best Documentary Film, Comedi’s work has continued to hone in on under-represented narratives of queer and marginalized subcultures.
In February 2020, the director took home the Teddy Award for Best Short Film at the Berlin International Film Festival for her short Playback. Ensayo de una despidida, on the underground drag shows of AIDS-era Argentina as recounted by one trans survivor.
With her new project Putas como nosostras, Comedi turns her gaze to the struggles of a group of unionized sex workers in post-pandemic Buenos Aires.
“[It’s] a project that stands out for the singularity of its formal considerations and the empowering gaze of the director,” said Raúl Niño Zambrano, IDFA Senior Programmer, and María Campaña Ramia, IDFA Associate Programmer, at the DocMontevideo online award ceremony.
“We are confident that the work already done—two years of building relationships between the filmmaker and the women who will bring the film to life—along with a constant reflection on prostitution, work, the body, and its representations, will result in a vibrant, radical, and relevant film,” they said.
Read more about Putas como nosotras here, and stay tuned for Comedi’s participation at IDFA 2020.
Film still: Putas como nosotras, dir. Agustina Comedi.