El nombre del hijo

The Name of the Son | Der Name des Sohnes
Lucho knows who he is. It’s the others who seem mixed up, inspecting him closely, addressing him as a girl and pestering him with questions. The time spent with his dad during a beach holiday draws attention to the process of transition that Lucho is experiencing. Struggling with his own insecurities, Lucho’s father tries hard to keep their close bond intact, while young Lucho attempts to come to terms with the development of a body going through puberty.
by Martina Matzkin
with Tristán Miranda, Amanda Pérez Berch, Daniel Cabot
Argentina 2019 Spanish 14’ Colour recommendation: 11 years and up


  • Tristán Miranda (Lucho)
  • Amanda Pérez Berch (Memi)
  • Daniel Cabot (Father)


Written and Directed by Martina Matzkin
Cinematography Constanza Sandoval
Editing Anna Rüegsegger
Sound Design Alejandro Marani
Production Design Marina Raggio
Costumes Florencia Gabelli
Make-Up Magalí Diez
Assistant Director Gabriela Uassouf
Casting María Laura Berch
Producer Lucía Vela
Co-Producers Rocío Pichirili, Francisco Raul Quiñones Cuartas
Co-Production Groncho estudio Buenos Aires

Produced by

Lucía Vela

Martina Matzkin

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1987, she studied cinema and took a postgraduate course in documentary at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. In 2018, she was selected for Talents Buenos Aires, an initiative of the Universidad del Cine in cooperation with Berlinale Talents. Her first two short films screened at numerous festivals. El nombre del hijo was supported by the Argentinian Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales and the Fondo Nacional de las Artes. She is currently making her first feature film, The Caretaker.

Filmography (short films)

2013 Charlas de Taj Mahal (Chats in Taj Mahal) 2016 El otro cuerpo (The other body) 2019 El nombre del hijo (The Name of the Son)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020