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Berlinale Shorts

Blue Boy

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Young men from all over the world have been meeting at the Blue Boy Bar in Berlin for forty years. According to their website, this is where the city’s lonely hearts, business people and tourists go. One after another, several young men take a seat at the bar, look into the camera and listen to themselves. A contract has been settled, the terms are read aloud. It allows the filmmaker to use the interviews as he sees fit. The men are paid for it. The men tell the filmmaker about their job, they are sex workers. As we observe them, a multitude of questions arise. Their eyes are like a mirror of our society.

Manuel Abramovich

Argentina / Germany 2019

Romanian, German, English, Italian

Documentary form
19’ · Colour · 2K DCP

World premiere




Manuel Abramovich
Director of Photography
Manuel Abramovich
Cătălin Cristuţiu
Sound Design
Francisco Pedemonte
Colour Correction
Luisa Cavanagh
Creative Producer
Bogdan Georgescu
Manuel Abramovich
Associate Producer
Werkleitz Center, Halle


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

Produced by

Manuel Abramovich