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The Substitute

The Substitute

A Feature film by Diego Lerman

Production year : 2022


    Recently appointed as a substitute literature teacher at a high school in an underserved area of Buenos Aires, Lucio (Juan Minujín) has to hit the ground running if he wants to find a way to connect with the minds — and the realities — of a cohort of students with far tougher things than homework to worry about.

    Lucio also has big shoes to fill: those of his ailing father, known as “El Chileno” (Alfredo Castro), a well-loved community organizer who is about to open a soup kitchen, years in the making, but is constantly being threatened by a local gang as they seek total control of the area through drugs and corrupt politics. When one of his students lands in trouble with the local kingpin, Lucio has to step out from his teaching duties to protect both the teenager and the fragile bond he’s forging with his pupils.



    The Substitute

    Clip 1 (English subs)


    Production and distribution (3)

    Co-production :

    Bellota Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Urban Sales


    Full credits (8)

    Foreign producers :

    Nicolas Avruj, Diego Lerman, Marta Donzelli, Nicolas Célis, Sandra Tapia, Dan Wechsler

    Screenwriters :

    Diego Lerman, Maria Meira, Luciana De Mello

    Director of Photography :

    Wojciech Staron

    Production Designer :

    Marcelo Chaves

    Sound recordists :

    Lena Esquenazi, Leandro de Loredo

    Co-producer :

    Dominique Barneaud

    Editor :

    Alejandro Brodersohn

    Music Composer :

    José Villalobos

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    Argentina, Italy, Mexico, Spain, France, Switzerland

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    Runtime :

    1 h 50 min

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