Retrato de Mondongo

Year2024 Duration121 min. Projection formatDCP ColourColour LanguageSpanish DirectorMariano Llinás EditorIgnacio Codino Production Laura Citarella

World premiere


The director has decided not to write a synopsis of this film.

A cinematographic portrait. At one point in the film, the film-maker types on the screen of his computer. “Any portrait is a self-portrait.” There is no hint of narcissism in this statement, only technical fact: there is always an off-camera to a photographic portrait, and in the case of cinema, there is also movement off-camera. The portrayer does not have to project their subjectivity on the person being portrayed, in the old-fashioned pictorial way. The mere presence of off-camera means that the positions of the subject and the artist become dependent, intertwined. At least two people are required to make a film.

The subjects in this film, the pair of Argentine artists who form the Mondongo collective, are also professional portrait artists. For the film-maker who attempts to portray them, this represents a particularly intense negotiation. A portrait can also hasten the break-up in a friendship, and this will be yet more proof of the necessary ties —which can therefore be broken— between the portrayer and the portrayed.

Manuel Asín

Promoted by
Gobierno de Navarra
Organized by
With the aid of
Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes Audiovisuales Acción Cultural Española Plan de Recuperación, Transformación y Resiliencia Financiado por la Unión Europea. NexGenerationEU

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