Sublime directed by Mariano Biasin
Sublime directed by Mariano Biasin

Sublime, directed by Argentinian filmmaker Mariano Biasin, will receive the tenth Sebastiane Latino Award at the 70th edition of San Sebastian Festival. The award, decided by a jury of members of GEHITU, the Basque Association of Gays, Lesbians, Trans, Bisexuals and Intersexuals, recognizes the Latin American film of 2022 that best represents sexual and gender diversity, will take place during the

Sublime, the Argentinian production which participated in the Generation 14plus section of the Berlin Festival, is the feature debut from director Mariano Biasin (Buenos Aires, 1980). The film, screening this year in San Sebastian Festival’s Horizontes Latinos section, stars 16-year-old Manuel, a bass player in the same band as Felipe, a childhood friend. Although Manuel is involved in an intense relationship with a girl called Azul, one day something happens that makes him see Felipe through new eyes.

The GEHITU jury has decided that: Because it is a film that reflects the changes achieved by the struggle of the collective in its daily life; Because it is a film where romanticism, adolescence, music, fear and desire combine to tell us a positive, endearing and visually attractive love story which, besides, would have had a completely different ending a few years ago; At a time when series like Élite are in all our mouths, because it reminds us that to grow up is to feel fear, face life and be brave; and Also, because it makes us realize how many steps we have taken in the last ten years, since everything in the film is so natural.

The 10th Sebastiane Latin Award goes to Sublime, by Mariano Biasin.

Country(ies) of production: Argentina

Sixteen-year-old Manuel lives in a small coastal town. He plays bass in a band with his best friends. One of them is Felipe, with whom he shares a strong friendship from a very young age. Manuel is dating Azul, a relationship that they are intensely exploring. But when the moment comes to have their first time together, Manuel feels something completely new that makes him see Felipe with different eyes. Routine situations of that friendship change tenor. Manuel tries to figure out if the impulse is mutual. The challenge is not to put the friendship at risk, something that inevitably ends up being tested.

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