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The Mole Agent / El agente topo (2020)

Maite Alberdi (Chile)

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  • In-venue: Oldham Theatre

    15 May Sat, 8pm
    26 May Wed, 2pm
  • Sifa-On-Demand:
    31 May - 6 June

  • $15

    • 1h 30m, no intermission

    • Rating: PG (Parental Guidance)

    • Spanish with English subtitles

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The Mole Agent / El agente topo (2020)

Maite Alberdi (Chile)

When a family becomes concerned about their mother’s well-being in a retirement home, private investigator Romulo hires Sergio, an 83year-old man who becomes a new resident–and a mole inside the home, who struggles to balance his assignment with becoming increasingly involved in the lives of several residents.


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San Sebastián International Film Festival 2020

Academy Awards 2021 Nominee - Best Documentary



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.

Alberdi has written and directed three documentary feature films ( The Grown-Ups , Tea Time , and The Lifeguard ) and three documentary short films (“I’m Not from Here,” “The Hairdressers,” and “The Trapeze Artists”).

In 2011, Alberdi premiered at IDFA her first and noted feature film, The Lifeguard . Through Micromundo, her production company, she directed her film Tea Time (funded by: ITVS, Berta Fund, Tribeca Film Institute, FFA, CORFO), which premiered at IDFA 2014, broadcasted during POV season in 2015. Tea Time has received the following awards: AWJF-EDA Best Female-Directed Documentary IDFA, and Best Documentary Award at: Miami International Film Festival, EIDF-EBS Korea, DocsBarcelona, FICCI Cartagena, FICG Guadalajara, SANFIC Santiago, among others.

In 2016, Alberdi premiered her short film “I’m Not from Here,” which won Best Short Film at Visions Du Reel 2016 and was given the Krakow Short Film Nomination for The European Film Awards 2016. In November 2016 she premiered her film The Grown-Ups in the official Feature Length Documentary Competition at IDFA.

Alberdi works as a documentary teacher at the Universidad Católica de Chile, and is co- writer of the book Teorías del cine documental en Chile: 1957- 1973, or Documentary Film Theories in Chile: 1957- 1973.

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