• Havana Film Festival

  • Tribeca Film Festival

    Best Actor
  • Gijón International Film Festival

  • Calgary International Film Festival

  • Rome Film Festival

  • Vancouver LatAm Film Festival

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English and Spanish with English subtitles

With Guillermo Pfening, Elena Roger, Rafael Ferro.

What happens when a man who is accustomed to being the centre of attention finds himself becoming invisible? When a life busked from cash in hand jobs trips into freefall? Julia Solomonoff’s delicately textured character study follows Nico, the former star of an Argentinian soap opera, who trades autograph hunters for anonymity and moves from Buenos Aires to New York to take a role in an indie movie. When the project stalls, he chooses to stay believing that his talent will help him find success. Too blond to play Latino and his accent too strong to play anything else, Nico falls through the cracks and must juggle odd jobs to survive. Unwilling to return home and be seen as a failure, Nico manages to stay afloat thanks to his ability to pretend to be something he isn’t.

Nobody’s Watching is a fresh and unexpected take on the immigrant tale, where the journey is not to get a Green card but confronting the true reasons for leaving home, and redefining one’s identity in one’s own terms.

Press

“NYT Critic's Pick. There’s a slight and not unpleasing paradox at the heart of Julia Solomonoff’s smart and engaging new movie, Nobody’s Watching. It is an uncommonly unhurried film about a character for whom time is running out.” – Glenn Kenny , New York Times

“Solomonoff has crafted an arresting tale of privilege and displacement, of the ironies of navigating American society as an outsider, of what newcomers expect of New York and what it actually offers.” – Alan Scherstuhl , The Village Voice

“The film ripples with a palpable sense of the sheer distance between Nico and his goals. And it's this careful attention to narrative rhythm that strikes at the heart of the interminable sense of postponement that greets Nico at every juncture and underscores the social challenges he (or any other undocumented immigrant) faces.” – Peter Goldberg, Slant

About the Director

Julia Solomonoff (Writer/Director) is a New York-based filmmaker from Argentina. Her feature films include Hermanas, The Last Summer of la Boyita, and Nobody’s Watching. Her credits as a producer include Julia Murat’s Pendular, Lucrecia Martel’s Zama, Celina Murga’s The Third Bank of the River, Everybody has a Plan, Found Memories, and Cocalero.

In 2011 the Film Society of Lincoln Center presented a showcase of her films and in 2014 Beatriz Viterbo Editorial published a compilation of her screenplays. Solomonoff currently teaches Film Directing at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Graduate Film Department, and Columbia University MFA program.

Notes on Film

“Nobody’s Watching is an intimate, moving portrait of a man in search of his place. Nico escaped an obsessive and painful relationship and is trying to reinvent himself. When Martin comes back into his life, he needs to confront his disenchantment and redefine his place, his path, and himself.

In the era of selfies, surveillance, and Instagram, there is no lack of cameras or images, but who’s watching, really? Nico aches for the absence of a loving gaze. The film explores the pleasures of freedom and anonymity of modern urban migrations and its reverse side: the loneliness and isolation of rootlessness.

Where do we belong and what belongs to us? What defines us? Is it geography, nationality, language, class, gender, generation? How much of our identity is still tied to a collective story, language, or territory? The more virtual we become, the more we seem to long for roots, for something to hold onto, something that transcends us, that precedes and continues us.”

– Julia Solomonoff, Director