Silence Is a Falling Body

    • Agustina Comedi
    • Argentina
    • 2017
    • 75 min
    • World Premiere
    • Panorama

    Filmmaker Agustina Comedi delves into her father Jaime's past. For many years he was in a relationship with a man, before he ended up marrying her mother. Homosexuality was still taboo in 1980s Argentina, so of course Jaime’s true nature was a family secret. Using the large collection of home videos her father made as a hobby, as well as interviews with his old friends, the film gives a beautiful impression of the time before Agustina's birth. It was a time characterized by political activism and awakening gay emancipation, but also the arrival of AIDS. Long after Jaime's death, this discovery of his secret also places Agustina's own life in an entirely new light. The old VHS and 8mm footage of vacations and birthday parties creates a nostalgic, poetic atmosphere, in which the filmmaker compassionately attempts to understand how it must have been for her father to live a lie.

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      Credits

      • 75 min
      • color
      • DCP
      • Spoken languages: Spanish
      • Subtitles in: English
      Director
      Agustina Comedi
      Production
      Juan Carlos Maristany for El Calefon, Ana Maria Apontes, Matías Herrera Córdoba for El Calefon Cine
      Cinematography
      Agustina Comedi, Benjamin Ellembergher , Ezequiel Salinas
      Editing
      Valeria Racioppi
      Sound Design
      Guido Deniro

      IDFA history

      2017
      World Premiere
      Panorama
      2014
      Supported with €5000 for Classic: Development

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