Jury Award: Best Actor
Tribeca Film Fest
Critics' Pick "Smart and engaging"
New York Times
"Thoughtful, perceptive... Guillermo Pfening delivers a masterful, low-key performance that subtly unpacks the psychology of how immigration can turn lives into lies"
"An arresting tale of privilege and displacement, of the ironies of navigating American society as an outsider, of what newcomers expect of New York and what it actually offers"
"The film ripples with a palpable sense of the sheer distance between the down and out actor at its center and his goals"
"Acutely perceptive, elegantly structured... [with] an extraordinary central performance"
Nico (Guillermo Pfening) is the handsome young star of a popular soap opera in his native Argentina. At the height of a blossoming career, he suddenly and mysteriously leaves Argentina (and his mentor-producer-lover, Martin) to pursue acting in New York. However, the promise of film work (he also overstays his visa) evaporates, as Nico finds himself working odd jobs as a temporary immigrant. He becomes more desperate, socially and financially, just to stay on the lowest rung of the American economic ladder.
When his friend Andrea (Elena Roger, The Good German) suggests paying him to be her son's nanny, Nico, though fond of the boy, wonders if becoming a "manny" will be the final blow to his self-image as an artist and a man. Surprise visits from a former co-star and his ex-lover force him to reckon with his national, individual, and sexual identities. Ultimately, he must confront the real reasons he left Argentina and take steps toward reclaiming a sense of his own worth.
Filmmaker Julia Solomonoff (Hermanas, Last Summer of La Boyita) and Pfening (who won the Best Actor prize at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival), imbue his precarious, isolated experience with humor, warmth, and humanity, while observing with an outsider's eye, the subtle boundaries that define class, race, and opportunity in contemporary America.
Directed by Julia Solomonoff, Argentina/U.S.A./Brazil/Colombia, 2017, 102 mins. In English and Spanish with English subtitles.
- Fri., Oct. 6 at 7 & 9 pm
- Sat., Oct. 7 at 1, 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
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- Mon.Thurs., Oct. 912 at 7 & 9 pm
$10 general admission
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