By Mateo Bendesky
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.
Berlinale – Panorama, Tel Aviv LGBT FF, Frameline San Francisco Intl. LGBT Film Festival, Mix Milano FF, Cinema Jove IFF (Valencia), Maine IFF, New Horizons IFF, Santiago IFF, IFF of Quito, Open-air film festival frame[o]ut, Panoramica, Bogota IFF, Queer Porto, Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hamburg, Thessaloniki IFF, AFI Fest,
Entrevues Belfort FF (Grand Prix winner), Sardinia Queer FF a.o.
Tomas Wicz (Lucas) / Laila Maltz (Gilda) / Alejandro Russek (Guido)
Director, Writer: Mateo Bendesky / Cinematographer: Roman Kasseroller / Production Design: Mirella Hoijman / Editor: Ana Godoy / Sound: Santiago Fumagalli / Costumes: Analía Bernabé / Hair& Make up Design Emmanuel Miño / Composer: Santiago Palenque / Producers: Agustina Costa Varsi, Diego Dubcovsky, Mateo Bendesky / Production Companies: VOLPE FILMS, VARSOVIA FILMS
Original Title: Los miembros de la familia (Family Members) / shot with Red Weapon in digital 4K/ available for screenings in DCP / color / image format 2.35 / 85min / sound 5.1 / original language: Spanish with English subtitles / Argentina 2019