NOBODY’S WATCHING – Nadie Nos Mira
Spanish with English subtitles | 90 min
Director: Julia Solomonoff
Nico, a famous and charismatic television actor, leaves a promising career in Argentina after a tumultuous break-up with his producer boyfriend. Landing in New York, he is lured into believing that his talent will help him find success “on his own” as well as prove his self-worth. But that’s not what he encounters. Too blonde to play Latino characters, his accent too strong to play anything else, Nico falls through the cracks, and must juggle odd jobs to survive: from renting apartments to tourists, to serving tables, to working as a nanny. This sharp, sensitive, and at times hilarious drama centres on the search for belonging that we all face, and depicts a little-told side to the Latin American immigrant story.
“An involving, emphatic drama that recognizes, as few other films do, the liminal lives of middle-class non-citizens struggling to find a place for themselves in New York.” -Jay Weissberg, Variety
Best Actor, Tribeca Film Festival 2017
Nico, un actor famoso de televisión en la Argentina, se encuentra ahora en Nueva York buscando una carrera como actor de cine. En la gran manzana ya no es nadie importante, los trabajos como actor no aparecen, vive en un sofá y su único confidente pareciera ser el bebé de una amiga, al que cuida de vez en cuando. Nico es, según todos los parámetros de la sociedad contemporánea, un fracasado, pero también es mucho más que eso. Este delicado drama sobre la búsqueda de integración, nos muestra una experiencia de la migración latinoamericana alejada del lugar común.
Julia’s Filmography: Hermanas (2005), El último verano de la boyita (2009)
Julia Solomonoff is a graduate of the Centro de Experimentacion y Realizacion Cinematografica in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a Fulbright graduate of Columbia University’s MFA program. Prior to Nobody’s Watching, Solomonoff worked as an assistant director, most notably on Walter Salles’s The Motorcycle Diaries (04) and has directed the short films Octavo 51 (92), A Day with Angela (93), Siesta (98), Scratch (01), Ahora (03) and her first feature Hermanas (05). She currently lives in Buenos Aires and works in the cinema of Argentina and teaches as an adjunct professor at Columbia University in New York City.