Family Members

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    Family Members

    Los miembros de la familia

    Directed by

    Argentina

    2019

    86 min

    • Spanish

    Drama

    Special Mention - Cinema Jove IFF, Frameline San Francisco Intl. LGBT FF, Santiago IFF, Quito IFF, Thessaloniki IFF, AFI Fest

    Lucas (17) and Gilda (20) travel to a small Argentine beach town to fulfill the last wishes of their recently deceased mother: scatter her remains in the ocean. Unfortunately, the only “remains” they have is her prosthetic hand, but as Gilda says when they throw it into the surf, “it’s the same as long as we get it off our backs”. Ready to return home, the two siblings find themselves stranded by a nationwide bus strike. Lucas, obsessed with bodybuilding and contact fighting, finds the nearly deserted town fertile ground for exploring his sexuality and the limits of his body. Gilda, still affected by her recent stay at a rehab center and obsessed with her “bad energy”, tries countless therapies and divination methods in order to find some meaning in the world. Trapped in their own limbo, the two confront the empty space left by their mother’s suicide as they bid farewell to their adolescence and face the ambiguity of life, death and fitness.

    Awards

    • Grand Prix Janine Bazin - Entrevues Belfort International Film Festival

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Tomás Wicz
    Laila Maltz
    Alejandro Russek
    Screenplay
    Mateo Bendesky
    Cinematography
    Roman Kasseroller
    Editing
    Ana Godoy
    Music
    Santiago Palenque
    Sales
    PATRA SPANOU FILM MARKETING & CONSULTING
    Production
    VARSOVIA FILMS
    Production
    VOLPE FILMS
    Mateo Bendesky

    Mateo Bendesky

    Argentina

    Mateo Bendesky (1989, Argentina) studied filmmaking at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires. His first feature IN HERE (2013) took part in the official competition at Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema (BAFICI). His short films THE MAGNETIC NATURE (2015) and TOGETHER ALONE (2017) were screened at numerous international film festivals, including Cannes, Toronto and Rotterdam. In 2016, he was selected as a participant for TIFF Talent Lab, Toronto International Film Festival’s programme for emerging directors. He is also a film production teacher at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires. His film FAMILY MEMBERS (2019) was presented at Berlin IFF.

    Selected Filmography