Actors: Carlos Echevarría, Javier De Pietro, Antonella Costa
Director: Marco Berger
It’s a Gay Essential:
The thriller Absent (originally titled Ausente) tells the story of a teenager who pursues a sexual relationship with his swimming instructor. Written and directed by Marco Berger, this film features an Argentine cast including Carlos Echavarria, Javier De Pietro, and Antonella Costa. Absent won a 2011 Teddy Award for Best Feature Film in the Berlin Film Festival.
“Marco Berger wrote and directed this film about a student who lusts after his sports coach, and goes to great lengths to spend time with him in the hopes that something happens.”
— Super Macey
“Argentinean director Marco Berger follows the sunny-side up subversion of festival favourite Plan B with this utterly unexpected but completely riveting foray into slow–burn, psycho-sexual tensions.”
“It is now possible for gay filmmakers to take a small cast of characters, a small crew, and explore a situation and an idea on film, thus articulating various aspects of gay men’s lives in miniature.”
— Notes On Film
- Format: PAL
- Language: Spanish
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 – 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Network Releasing
- DVD Release Date: 9 April 2012
- Run Time: 87 minutes
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