Presented by Cristina Garza, producer and international sales agent

The latest film from Chico Teixeira—a popular guest at the very first Latin Wave with his film Alice’s House—is a coming-of-age story set in São Paolo. Fifteen-year-old Serginho has to grow up quickly: His father has left the family and his mother has a drinking problem, leaving Serginho responsible for his younger brother Mateus. No longer in school, Serginho must juggle a difficult home life and a job working for his uncle at a vegetable market. He seeks comfort by hanging out with his friends and in spending time with Ney, a tutor who is also the object of a confusing crush, and his aunt Ivone, a circus performer. Textured and delicate, Absence offers a moving glimpse into the life of a young man entering manhood and discovering his sexuality.

About the Presenter
A native Houstonian who once interned in the Museum’s department of Latin American art, Cristina Garza is the vice president of Mundial, a Mexico City-based international film sales joint venture between Hollywood company IM Global and Canana, the production and distribution outlet helmed by Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, and Pablo Cruz. Garza served as manager of international sales at FiGa Films and also cofounded, an online video magazine for independent film. She is currently the U.S. delegate for the Cannes International Critics Week, and, with Canana and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez at Austin’s Fantastic Fest, she produces Mercado Fantástico, the first coproduction market for genre films from Latin America. She graduated cum laude from New York University with a bachelor’s degree in economics.

Chico Teixeira
Portuguese with English subtitles
Running Time
87 minutes
DCP, Color