Filmmaker Santiago Mitre in attendance
Hands down the most brilliant discovery of last year’s Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival (BAFICI), Santiago Mitre’s debut feature is a taut, fast-moving drama about the intriguing world of Argentine university politics. Bright and good-looking Roque (Esteban Lamothe) arrives from a small town to study social sciences in the big city of Buenos Aires. But he stumbles upon his calling when he falls for one of the leaders of a campus political group, a striking assistant professor named Paula. Roque learns that Paula is having an affair with Acevedo, an ex-politico turned professor whose only allegiance is to himself. Acevedo, observing Roque’s talent for persuading people, takes him under his wing to serve as his assistant in a bid to become the chancellor of the university, a stepping stone into the world of national politics.
The Student showcases two rising talents: Lamothe, whose grippingly subtle performance centers the film, and first-time director Mitre, the writer behind Pablo Trapero’s Cannes selected films Leonera and Carancho.
About the Filmmaker
Santiago Mitre was born in 1980 in Buenos Aires, where he studied at the Universidad del Cine (University of Cinema). He directed his first short film, El escondite, in 2002, followed shortly by his first feature, El Amor, primera parte (co-directed with Alejandro Fadel, Martin Mauregui, and Juan Schnitman), which was presented at the Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival and Settimana Internazionale della Critica in Venice. After spending some time directing commercials, he transitioned into writing for film and television. He wrote the screenplay for two films by Pablo Trapero, Leonera (Latin Wave 2009) and Carancho (Cannes Un Certain Regard 2010); both were chosen as Argentina’s submissions for Academy Award consideration. In 2011, he cofounded the independent production company La Unión de los Ríos, through which he produced and directed The Student.