Over five features, from Plan B (2009) to Taekwondo (2016), Argentine writer-director Marco Berger has sensitively explored the blurred lines between sexuality and machismo in Latin society. His latest feature, The Blond One (Un Rubio), continues this theme with real insight and artistry.
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.
Released in 2009 and directed by Marco Berger, Plan B is about a plan for revenge as a man who has been dumped runs into doubts about his own sexuality. The film was nominated for a Golden Marc’Aurelio award at the Rome Film Fest. Shot in Buenos Aires, the film features actors Manuel Vignau, Lucas Ferraro and Mercedes Quinteros.
My first acquaintance with Argentinian filmmaker Marco Berger goes back to spring 2014 when his exquisitely understated gay romance Hawaii screened at the BFI Flare, London LGBT Film Festival. Fair warning: if you’ve seen that film and found the whole “will they/won’t they” tension a bit frustrating, you might have a hard time stomaching Taekwondo’s incredibly protracted relationship tease. Berger in fact reprises the same kind of core tension in this newest effort, albeit the story and the whole context that feed such tension are rather different.
Hawaii is an Argentinian romance from 2013, from writer and director Marco Berger. Starring Manuel Vignau and Mateo Chiarino and set in rural Argentina, it tells the story of two childhood friends from different social classes, who meet as adults, renew their friendship, and start to develop a new relationship.