PerSo Short

By Manuel Abramovich
Argentina/Germany, 2019, 19’
Monday 7, 6.00 pm, Cinema Méliès

Cinematographer: Manuel Abramovich
Creative producer: Bogdan Georgescu
Editor: Cătălin Cristuțiu
Producer: Manuel Abramovich


What are you up to tonight? Do you want me? We could have fun together…

Seven Romanian male-to-male sex workers in Berlin have their portraits taken as they listen and react to recordings of their own experiences. By turning the process of exploitation into a spectacle, the camera becomes a client highlighting the inevitable performativity of such power relations.

WP: Berlinale Shorts Competition / Silver Bear Prize

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).

His latest work ‘Blue Boy’ won the Silver Bear at the Berlinale Shorts Competition 2019.

In 2019 he has been awarded with a fellowship by the DAAD-Artists-in-Berlin Program, where he is working on the development of two new feature film projects: Cowboy Love and Pornomelancholia.