Berlin Silver Bear Winner Manuel Abramovich Releases ‘Monsters’
Manuel Abramovich (“Blue Boy”, 2019), winner of the Berlin Silver Bear, presents his new project “The Monsters” during the industry event of the Swiss documentary festival Visions du Réel, VdR-Pitching.
The project, he says Variety, “talks about one of the first characters we play in our lives which is gender, like a performative fiction with our bodies. From the moment we are born, we have two scenarios already written for us: either you are a man or a woman. These are people who have chosen not to play this binary role.
One of Argentina’s most dynamic authors, Abramovich explores what he calls “everyday theatrics” in his films. A regular at festivals, he presented his first feature documentary “Solar” at the VdR-Work in Progress forum in 2015.
“In my work, I see the world as a grand production – as a play. So I invite real people to become characters and reflect on that transition from someone to playing a character.
The director plans to invite 10 adults and 10 children, all trans and non-binary, to a setting he describes as “an empty space without physical references, like a theater or a studio, and without temporal references, like a laboratory, to create a film together where we can write a new future, a world with other standards, or without standards,” he says.
The film, explains Abramovich, will consist of three levels: the stage, where the characters will create their project together through exercises, dance, performances and re-enactments, a behind-the-scenes level that will feature more intimate one-on-one moments head, and a third level, which he calls “the debate”, where the actors and the team will have a space to discuss the questions of representation, the direction of the project and the possible tensions arising from the process.
Asked about the title, he says the key question he wants to ask the characters is how they define the word “monster” and if they feel like one. “But there is also a second meaning,” he adds. “Maybe it’s the standards we live by that are monstrous, and that’s the monster we have to fight.”
“This is an opportunity for me to collectively rethink the family institution. The idea is to defy norms: it’s a film about people who have chosen a different path. Trans bodies, dissident bodies, bodies that society itself has pathologized, rejected, marginalized, or that have suffered physical and psychological abuse. It’s a place of empowerment,” says Abramovich, whose previous work includes “Blue Boy,” about a group of sex workers in a Berlin gay neighborhood who build personas to woo clients — the first part of a trilogy about how people use their bodies as a source of income.
He is currently finishing post-production on the second part, “Pornomelancolia”, which was acquired by Luxbox and is due out soon, and is working on the last part, “Cowboy Love”, which he describes as a cowboy movie. mexican gay.
Produced by Abramovich and the company Ruido d’Abramovich and Juan Pablo Labonia, with the support of the Argentine National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts, the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and the German BKM – Deutscher Kurzfilmpreis, “The Monsters” will be shot in Buenos Aires in November.
VdR-Pitching runs parallel to the festival from April 10 to April 14.