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Sergio is a Chilean spy. Sort of. At least, he is offered the role of one after a casting session organized by Detective Romulo, a private investigator who needs a credible mole to infiltrate a retirement home. Romulo’s client, the concerned daughter of a resident, suspects her mother is being abused and hires him to find out what is really happening.

However, Sergio is 83, not 007, and not an easy trainee when it comes to technology and spying techniques. But he is a keen student, looking for ways to distract himself after recently losing his wife. What could be a better distraction than some undercover spy action? While gathering intelligence, Sergio grows close to several residents and realizes that the menacing truth beneath the surface is not what anyone had suspected.

Maite Alberdi’s The Mole Agent is a stylish combination of an observational documentary and a spy movie, with sleek camerawork and wonderfully watchable characters. It’s a unique meditation on compassion and loneliness that will infiltrate your heart and never let go.

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A band of juveniles embarks on a 24-hour spree of breaking into houses and causing a ruckus.

YEAR 2020

CATEGORY World Cinema Documentary Competition

COUNTRY Chile/U.S.A./Germany/Netherlands/Spain

RUN TIME 90 min


SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY Micromundo

EMAIL marcesanti@gmail.com

PHONE +56 9 83683874


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Artist Bio

Maite Alberdi

Maite Alberdi's films focus on intimate portraits of small worlds and have made her an important voice in Latin American documentary filmmaking. She has directed The Lifeguard (2011), Tea Time (2015), I'm Not from Here (2016), and The Grown-Ups (2016). In 2013 she was selected as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, and in 2018 she became a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.