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The Substitute El suplente

  Diego Lerman

  Argentina, Italy, Mexico, Spain, France     110 minutes


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.

 Spanish with subtitles 

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Film Credits

  •   Nicolás Avruj, Diego Lerman
  •   Diego Lerman, Maria Meira, Luciana de Mello
  •   Alejandro Brodersohn
  •   Wojciech Staron
  •   Juan Minujín, Alfredo Castro, Bárbara Lennie, Rita Cortese, María Merlino, Lucas Arrua, Renata Lerman
  •   José Villalobos
  •   Campo Cine


International Competition Patron

Jacolyn and John Bucksbaum Family Foundation