The Queen

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    The Queen

    La Reina

    Directed by



    18 min

    • Spanish

    Documentary, Short

    IndieLisboa - World Pulse 

    Lost in a world of grown-ups and trapped in her routine, Memi is torn between the glamour of the beauty pageant and her family’s pressure to become the queen of the carnival.


    • Best International Short Film Award - Fribourg IFF
    • Second Award (Argentinian Shorts Competition) - BAFICI
    • Special Jury Mention, Documentary, Short Film Jury Award - Seattle IFF
    • Best Documentary Short Film - Los Angeles FF
    • Best Documentary Special Mention (under 30 mins.) - Karlovy Vary IFF
    • Best Sound (International Short Competition - Janela IFF)



    Manuel Abramovich
    Juan Renau
    Iara Rodriguez Vilardebo
    Manuel Abramovich

    Manuel Abramovich


    Manuel Abramovich (b. Buenos Aires, 1987) is a filmmaker, film director and director of photography. His work explores the performativity of the everyday. In his films, ordinary people become characters. Combining observation and staging, he calls into question the norms of what is considered ‘documentary cinema’. He graduated as a Director of Photography at ENERC and is a Berlinale Talents and IDFA Summer School alumni. His films have been shown at central festivals (Berlinale, Venice, Tribeca, IDFA, San Sebastián, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Cinéma du Réel, BAFICI) and have received numerous awards. He has been selected for several fellowships and residencies: Beca Conti (Buenos Aires, 2013) EMARE (European Media Art Residence Exchange 2016 - Halle, Germany), Ikusmira Berriak (San Sebastián 2018). In 2019 he has been awarded with the prestigious fellowship DAAD-Artists-in-Berlin Program. His latest film, BLUE BOY won the Silver Bear at the Berlinale Shorts Competition 2019.

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