‘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.
Documentary form72 min · Colour
Born in 1987, he currently lives and works in Buenos Aires. A filmmaker and cinematographer, he studied at the Escuela Nacional de Experimentación y Realización Cinematográfica in the city and participated in Berlinale Talents in 2012. His short film La Reina screened at over 150 international festivals and won 50 awards. His first feature film Solar premiered at the Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente. In 2016 he received a scholarship from the European Media Artists in Residence Exchange to develop his next project in Halle, Germany which he intends to shoot in Berlin.Filmography
2013 La Reina; short film 2014 Las Luces; short film 2016 Solar 2017 Soldado (Soldier)
Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2017