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Directed by Julia Solomonoff
Nico (a stunning Guillermo Pfening), is a 30-something actor who leaves a promising career in Argentina (where he stars in a T.V. soap) after a romantic break-up with his male married producer. Like many before him, cast adrift in New York City, Nico is thwarted in his efforts to land a job in either movies or on the stage. A smarmy agent advises him that Latinos are hot, but that he’s too blond and his accent has to go. Nico overstays his visa, juggles odd jobs (nannying for a wealthy friend; cleaning apartments) and engages in petty theft. Surprise visits from a former co-star and his ex-lover force him to reckon with his national, individual, and sexual identities. As the national debate on immigration focuses on border-crossing, NOBODY’S WATCHING presents an alternative take on Latin America-US emigration. Solomonoff and Pfening, who won the Best Actor prize at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, imbue this precarious, isolated experience with humor, warmth, and humanity.
ARGENTINA / COLOMBIA / BRAZIL • 2017 • 102 MINS.
IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES • FiGa FILMS
With support from the Rifkind Family Fund for Queer Cinema
“CRITIC’S PICK. Smart and Engaging.”
– Glenn Kenny, The New York Times
“CRITIC’S PICK. An arresting tale of privilege and displacement, of the ironies of navigating American society as an outsider, of what newcomers expect of New York and what it actually offers.”
– Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
“Thoughtful, perceptive. Tribeca award-winning actor Guillermo Pfening delivers a masterful, low-key performance that subtly unpacks the psychology of how immigration can turn lives into lies. (A) probing, compassionate take on a hidden life. A timely portrayal on the multiple frustrations of being a stranger in a strange land… (as) the victim of quietly racist and sexist attitudes. Pfening delivers a performance of low-level intensity (that) becomes truly moving.”
- Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter
“A powerful and touching film.”
– Sandra Guzmán, NBC News