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In the film “Sublime”, the first film by the Argentine director Mariano Biasín (Buenos Aires, 1980), a young man discovers that he is in love with his best friend and fears losing him for it, in an atmosphere of tolerance in which he finds the understanding of his family environment and friends.

«When I decided to make an LGBT film I didn’t want to talk about discrimination, but to focus on what happens to the protagonist. It seemed more interesting to me to do it without obstacles, to pave the way for him and for the conflict to remain on his shoulders », explains Biasín in an interview with Efe about the film, presented this Wednesday at the Spanish film festival in San Sebastián.

Although it is now competing in the Horizontes Latinos section, the film has already received the Sebastiane Latino award, granted by the jury made up of members of Gehitu, the Gay, Lesbian, Trans, Bisexual and Intersex Association of the Spanish region of the Basque Country.

In the opinion of this jury, it is “a film that reflects the changes that the struggle of the collective has achieved in daily life”, and where “romanticism, adolescence, music, fear and desire go hand in hand to tell us a positive, endearing story and visually attractive that, in addition, would not have had the same ending in past times ».

According to Biasín, the generations that are the age of his characters have “lighter” in their way of dealing with masculinities and genders, a “gained ground” that he hopes will be increasingly broader.

“The challenge was to navigate a space that reflects today’s youth, but also narrated from those who are not that age today,” he says, and for this reason, many narrative elements of the film may be anchored in previous generations and offer another look.

For example, in addition to the central conflict of the film, there is that of parents with problems between them and an absent mother who is too focused on her work.

Also in this case, Biasín wanted to avoid commonplaces. “It is the mother who wants to expand into other spaces, while the father is more embedded in the family and is more of a homebody,” he remarks.


The two young protagonists, Manuel and Felipe (played by Martín Miller and Teo Inama Chiabando) play in a youth group, and, at a given moment, the former also begins to collaborate with another more adult group, which makes more complex music and sophisticated.

“Manuel is between the two worlds,” explains the director about this factor, which works as a metaphor for the 16-year-old boy’s transition to a more mature way of seeing the world.

“I found it interesting that this side of the story appeared through Azul (Manuel’s girlfriend when he realizes his feelings towards Felipe), and that it opens some doors for him towards that new room,” says Biasín.

The director assures that the pleasant sensations of the film have to do with the chemistry between the two leading actors and with the good vibes during the production, which he exemplifies in the moment in which a rainbow unexpectedly appeared on the beach after having been worried about how the rain would affect the shooting schedule.

Biasin has directed the short films ‘Leaves loose’ (2006), ‘The beginning of Fabrizio’ (2015), Crystal Bear in the Generation Kplus section of the Berlin Film Festival, ‘Calculations’ (2017) and ‘Area chica, inferno grande’ (2020), recently acquired by HBO USA and winner of more than ten awards at international festivals. EFE»Sublime», an LGTB story among adolescents in a tolerant Argentina

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