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The Substitute
(El suplente)

  •   Diego Lerman
  •   Argentina, Italy, Mexico, Spain, France

In this tense and timely drama, idealistic literature professor Lucio (Juan Minujíin) leaves behind university life to accept a position teaching high school in the working-class community where he grew up. Returning to the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Lucio is intent on making a difference in the lives of his students, but just as he begins to connect with his class, a drug smuggling operation is uncovered inside the school. Learning that the local drug cartel threatens one of Lucio’s promising young pupils, the educator must decide how far he’ll go to protect the boy’s life. Celebrated for the nuance and humanism with which he imbues his work, award-winning Argentine filmmaker Diego Lerman (A Sort of Family, Refugiado) returns to the Festival with this powerful piece of social realism.

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Special Guests

Scheduled to attend: Actress María Merlino


International Competition Patron

Jacolyn and John Bucksbaum Family Foundation

Event Information

Saturday, October 22, 2022

  •   110 minutes
AMC River East 21
322 E Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60611 United States


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