‘Your beats should convoke History. You should evoke scenes from thousand combats. Stimulate the moral.’

Drums beat out a march in steady rhythm. Under their officers' strict gaze, soldiers assemble in the barrack yard. The Argentinian flag is raised; the sound of trumpets accompanying it on its slow ascent up the mast. With clinical precision, Manuel Abramovich portrays a young recruit on his path through military training, his transformation from youth to young adult marked by doubt and conflict. In empatheic distance to its protagonist, the film reveals the tension between the rigidly defined system of the military academy and the vulnerability of the young man. Coming of age in a total institution.
by Manuel Abramovich Argentina 2017 Spanish 72’ Colour Documentary form


Director Manuel Abramovich
Cinematography Manuel Abramovich
Editing Anita Remón
Sound Design Sofía Straface
Sound Sofía Straface
Assistant Director Aimé Pansera
Production Managers Carla Rosmino, Francisco Novick
Producers Gema Juárez Allen, Alejandra Grinschpun
Executive Producers Gema Juárez Allen, Alejandra Grinschpun
Co-Producer Pedro Saleh
Co-Production Sake Argentina Buenos Aires

Manuel Abramovich

The filmmaker and cinematographer was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1987. He studied camera at the Escuela Nacional de Experimentación y Realización Cinematográfica in Buenos Aires and is an alumnus of the 2012 Berlinale Talents. His short film La Reina (The Queen) screened at over 150 festivals worldwide winning 50 awards and his debut feature film, Solar, premiered at the Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente in Buenos Aires; in 2017, Soldado (Soldier) screened in Generation at the Berlinale. He is a fellow of the current DAAD artist-in-residence programme in Berlin.


2013 La Reina (The Queen); short film 2014 Las Luces (The Lights); short film 2016 Solar 2017 Soldado (Soldier); Generation · Años Luz (Light Years) 2019 Blue Boy

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019