Kurzfilmtournee 2020

Blue Boy

Germany 2019 • documentary • Romanian, German • 19 mins
German Short Film Award in Gold in the category for documentaries up to 30 minutes
director, script, camera: Manuel Abramovich
sound: Francisco Pedemonte
editor: Cătălin Cristuţiu
protagonists: Florin, Michel, Razvan, Stefan, Mihail, Marius, Rafael, Roberto
production: Manuel Abramovich with the Werkleitz Center

Young men from all over the world have been meeting in the Blue Boy Bar in Berlin for 40 years. This is where the lonely hearts of the city, businessmen and tourists, the website says. Several young men sit one after the other at the counter, look into the camera and listen to themselves. A contract has been signed, the contents of which will be read out. The contract allows the filmmaker to use the interviews as he sees fit. The men are paid for this. The men tell the filmmaker about their job, they are sex workers. As we watch them, a multitude of questions arise. The eyes of the men are a mirror of our society. (Berlinale)

Jury statement
Seven young men sit in the warmly lit interior of a bar and look spellbound at the camera. We see how they listen to themselves and listen with them, how they talk, mostly in their mother tongue, about their everyday life, personal encounters with their
They are able to portray their self-conception and their impression of Germany to their clients. We observe their facial expressions, the movements on their faces, see their pride and read their shame.
In just seven static close-ups Manuel Abramovich manages to dive so deeply into the soul worlds of the young men that the cinematic experience threatens to become almost too intimate. However, the filmmaker was aware of the risk of exposing his protagonists. He put a protective bracket around the whole thing: The first of the men listens to his own declaration of consent and the transfer of all his rights.
At the end, under the credits, a loud protest: "Give me the money! Just because you're paying, we won't do anything we don't want to, understand?" The insults catapult us out of the world of the escort bar, back into an irritating but appropriate distance. Manuel Abramovich's BLUE BOY is a cinematic undertaking that is as risky as it is haunting, captivating in its precision.

Manuel Abramovich

The filmmaker and cameraman was born in Buenos Aires in 1987. He studied camera at the local ENERC. In 2012 he was a participant in the Berlinale Talents. His short film LA REINA was screened at over 150 festivals worldwide and won 50 awards. His first feature film, SOLAR, was premiered at the Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente. In 2017 he was a guest of Berlinale Generation with SOLDADO. He is a scholarship holder of this year's Berlin Artists-in-Residence programme of the DAAD.

Filmography:
2013 LA REINA (The Queen)
2014 LAS LUCES (The Lights)
2016 SOLAR
2017 SOLDADO (Soldier)
2017 ANOS LUZ (Light Years)