The Substitute

Diego Lerman | Argentina, Spain, Italy, Mexico | 2022 | 110'
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Original title
El suplente
Synopsis
Lucio has not obtained a university teaching position and feeling bitter, he returns to the outskirts of Buenos Aires, where he was born, to work as a supply teacher in a class of marginalized children. Lucio’s father has also worked for some time in the neighbourhood in support of the community. When a scandal breaks out over drug trafficking in the school, Lucio and some pupils find themselves involved, with a sequence of adrenaline-boosting events, in a violent feud between two corrupt politicians: the present-day mayor and the drug lord, El Perro.
Cast
Juan Minujín, Bárbara Lennie, Alfredo Castro, María Merlino, Lucas Arrua, Rita Cortese
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Production
Campo Cine, Vivo Film, Arcadia Motion Pictures
Editing
Diego Lerman, Maria Meira, Luciana de Mello
Cinematography
Wojciech Staron
Editing
Alejandro Brodersohn
Language
Spanish
Subtitles
English, Italian
Premiere
Italian premiere
Main awards
Best Supporting Performance (San Sebastián International Film Festival 2022), Best Director (Havana Film Festival New York 2022)
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Biography
Diego Lerman was born in Buenos Aires in 1976. In 2002, he made his first film, Tan de repente, which won the Silver Pardo in Locarno. In 2006 Mientras tanto was presented at the Giornate degli Autori in Venice and in 2007 his documentary Servicios prestados was selected by Locarno. His next films, La mirada invisible (2010) and Refugiado (2014), had their world premieres at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes. In 2017 Una especie de familia won the prize for the Best Screenplay in San Sebastian.
Filmography
2022 – The Substitute, ff
2017 – A Sort of Family, ff
2015 – La casa, tv series
2014 – Refugiado, lm
2010 – The Invisible Eye, ff
2007 – Servicios prestados, ff
2006 – Meanwhile, ff
2004 – The War of the Gyms, sf
2002 – Suddenly, ff
1999 – La prueba, sf

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