TAEKWONDO

Imprimer

Drama / 105 min / Argentina
DCP / Color /
Language : Spanish
A film by Marco Berger and Martín Farina

Cast

Gabriel Epstein, Lucas Papa, Nicolas Barsoff

Synopsis

Fernando is on holiday with his closest friends in a beautiful country house in a chic surburb of Buenos Aires. Without the presence of their girlfriends the boys are eager to talk about their deepest feelings, their sexual desire for the girls, their fear of the future and their conflicts. Disconnected from the outside world, they do little more than bask in the hot sun, play in the swimming pool, smoke pot and drink.
As in all “men only” situations, they feel free to walk around naked or half- naked, being in such intimate proximity to each other. In that context, Fernando decides to invite a newcomer, Germán, a close friend from his Taekwondo class. Germán is easily accepted by the group as Fernando is so appreciated by this “clan.” But Germán has a preference that Fernando ignores, he is attracted to men. little by little the two friends get closer and more intimate, almost on the verge of romance. It is obvious that in this totally heterosexual environment, this relationship becomes a secret to hide from the others, or not…

The Directors

Marco Berger studied at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires and his first feature film Plan B (2009) traveled to more than 100 film festivals around the world, followed by his second feature aBsent, winner of the prestigious Teddy Award (2011) at the Berlinale. That film was followed by Hawaii (2013) and Mariposa (2015) also seen at the Berlinale.
With taekwondo, which he co-directed with Martin Farina, the pair explores the interesting psychology of a group of heterosexual male friends with hypnotic cinematography. Martin Farina has been noticed with his films FulBoy (Bafici 2014) and el HomBre de Paso Piedra (Bafici 2015.)

Official Selection

Molodist Festival Ukraine -Best Film
Queer Lisboa – Portugal
Hong Kong LGBT Festival
REELING: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival 2016 – USA
Out On Film/Atlanta – USA
Mix Copenhagen – Denmark
BFI: London Film Festival 2016 – UK
Santo Domingo OutFest – Republican Dominican
Kyiv IFF Molodist – Ukraine
21st LesGaiCineMad – Madrid (Spain)
Mix Brazil
Balfisi – Official selection – Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Guadalajara’s International Film Festival- Mexico
Mardi Gras Film Festival – Sydney
Marais Film Festival – Paris



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