Family Members - IFFAM - 4th International Film Festival and Awards ‧ Macao

Family Members
Argentina | 2019 | 85’ | DCP | Colour | Spanish | Group: C
Director: Mateo Bendesky

2019/12/07 19:00 Macao Cultural Centre – Small Auditorium

Programmer’s Note

“Fragments Of A Family Discourse” could also be the title of this outstanding second feature by Mateo Bendesky. A death, a family house that ceases to be a place of belonging and a location at the seaside, which reinforces the strangeness of the world, are the framework laid out by the director for his characters, Gilda and Lucas (beautifully played by Laila Maltz and Tomás Wicz respectively). These two damaged siblings go through the farewell to a part of their lives with sensitivity, a sense of humor and a certain millennial spirit and discover a new kind of relationship between themselves. With narrative economy and precision in the dialogue, the skillful director shows a sure hand with his actors, his decisions about sound and music use, and minimalist staging. He leaves it up to the viewer to interpret the emotional synthesis of everything that happens on the screen.

– Violeta Bava


Lucas (17) and Gilda (20) travel to a small Argentine beach town to fulfill the last wishes of their recently deceased mother: scatter her remains in the ocean. Unfortunately, the only “remains” they have is her prosthetic hand, but as Gilda says when they throw it into the surf, “it’s the same as long as we get it off our backs”. Ready to return home, the two siblings find themselves stranded by a nationwide bus strike. Lucas, obsessed with bodybuilding and contact fighting, finds the nearly deserted town fertile ground for exploring his sexuality and the limits of his body. Gilda, still affected by her recent stay at a rehab center and obsessed with her “bad energy”, tries countless therapies and divination methods in order to find some meaning in the world. Trapped in their own limbo, the two confront the empty space left by their mother’s suicide as they bid farewell to their adolescence and face the ambiguity of life, death and fitness.


Mateo Bendesky

Argentinian film-maker Mateo Bendesky graduated from the Universidad del Cine (FUC) in Buenos Aires. He has made two short films El Ser Magnetico (2015) and Nosotros Solos (2017) and two feature films Aca Adentro (2013) and Los Miembros De La Familia (2019). In 2016, he was selected as a participant for TIFF Talent Lab, Toronto International Film Festival’s program for emerging directors. He has been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Argentinian National Endowment for the Arts. Family Members had its world premiere in Berlinale Panorama earlier this year.

Cast & Crew

Director Mateo Bendesky

Scriptwriter(s) Mateo Bendesky

Producer(s) Agustina Costa Varsi

Cinematographer Roman Kasseroller

Production Designer Mirella Hoijman

Editor Ana Godoy

Music Santiago Palenque

Costumes Designer Analia Bernabé

Cast Tomás Wicz, Laila Maltz Alejandro Russek Ofelia Fernández, Edgardo Castro, Javier Abril Rotger, Sergio Boris

Production Companies Volpe Films, Varsovia Films


World Sales Patra Spanou Film Marketing & Consulting

International Competition