International Competition

The Mole Agent

Maite Alberdi
Screening time  
18.06. / Friday, 22:00 - 00:00 Ticket

When a family becomes concerned about their mother’s well-being in a retirement home, private investigator Rómulo hires Sergio, an 83 years-old man, to infiltrate the care home as a new resident. However, Sergio is 83, not 007, and no natural-born detective. His first obstacle is all the technology – pen cameras, smartphones, and the other devices he’ll need to gather evidence and report back to Rómulo. The situation gets even more complicated when Sergio, a recent widower, struggles to maintain the emotional distance necessary for carrying out his assignment as a mole and becomes increasingly involved in the lives of several other residents. Slowly, he comes to realise that the menacing truth beneath the retirement home is not what anyone had suspected.


Maite Alberdi

Maite Alberdi studied Film and Aesthetics at the Universidad Católica de Chile. She is a writer-director who has developed a highly particular style that achieves an intimate portrayal of the characters she works with through everyday stories in small-scale worlds. She has directed three feature documentaries:The Grown-Ups(2016), Tea Time (2015), and The Lifeguard (2011) and three documentary short films I’m Not from Here (2015), The Hairdressers (2008), and The Trapeze Artists (2005). In 2013 she was selected as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, and in 2018 she became a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

General sponsor

El Agente Topo

Germany, Chile, USA, Netherlands, Spain
2020, 90'

Directed by:
Maite Alberdi

Screenplay by:
Maite Alberdi

Pablo Valdés

Edited by:
Carolina Siraqyan

Vincent van Warmerdam

Marcela Santibáñez

Produced by:
Micromundo Producciones, Motto Pictures, Sutor Kolonko, Volya Films, Malvalanda

Festivals & Awards:

Academy Awards 2021 – Oscar Nominee for Best Documentary Feature
Cinema Eye Honors Awards 2021 – Cinema Eye Honors Award
National Board of Review 2021 – NBR Award
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2020 – Audience Award Best European Film
Sundance Film Festival 2020
IDFA 2020
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2020
Stockholm Film Festival 2020
Tokyo International Film Festival 2020
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2020
Bergen International Film Festival 2020
DocAviv Film Festival 2020
Film Independent Spirit Awards 2021
Hainan International Film Festival 2020
Luxembourg City Film Festival 2021
Miami Film Festival 2020


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