• Manuel Abramovich
  • Argentina, France, Brazil, Mexico
  • 2022
  • 95 min
  • Dutch Premiere
  • Best of Fests

The beautiful opening scene of Pornomelancolía immediately sets the tone that the title so perfectly encapsulates. Lalo Santos, a Mexican online nude model and gay porn actor, stands alone on the sidewalk as people pass him by—both physically and in the spectral reflections in the window through which we watch him. It’s as if he is simultaneously in the frame and absent from it; like he is actually present on the street, but also just a phantom on a screen. And then he bursts into tears.

This scene, like all the other superbly lit and well-composed shots, resembles those from a feature film. Santos is his own boss, and he’s successful online. Except for one instance when it looks like he’s being pushed beyond his limits, there’s an atmosphere of camaraderie on the set of the ambitious porn film about the Mexican revolution—and Santos is the star, in the role of Zapata.

But the hesitant voice messages to his mother, and the feelings of lethargy he confesses to his doctor, reveal that his online existence, like that of many influencers, is taking an emotional toll. The boundaries blur between public and private, virtual and real, work and intimacy—and between porn and melancholy.


  • 95 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Spanish
  • Subtitles in: English
Manuel Abramovich
Gema Juarez Allen for Gema Films, David Hurst for Dublin Films, Rachel Daisy Ellis for Desvia
Executive producer
Clarisa Oliveri for Gema Films
MARTHA OROZCO for Martfilms
Manuel Abramovich

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Dutch Premiere
Best of Fests
Supported with €40000 for Europe: International Co-production

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