Cinematographer turned director Manuel Abramovich is a week away from his thirtieth birthday, but has a C.V. that would be the envy of many filmmakers.
His 2013 short took him to festival nominations and wins around the world from Los Angeles to Karlovy Vary. The next year he was nominated for best documentary short at Tribeca, along with co-director Juan Manuel Renau, for their film “Las Luces,” (The Lights). And, his third feature “Años luz,” which followed esteemed Argentine director Lucrecia Martel as she filmed this year’s Argentine submission for the foreign-language Oscar “Zama,” premiered at Venice this year.
2017 looks to be something of a banner year from the director. His latest feature documentary “Soldado,” got it’s first lofty bit of recognition at February’s Berlinale Festival where the film was in the running for both the Glasshütte Original Documentary Award, and a Crystal Bear. It then competed at San Sebastian’s Zabaltegi Section. This week the film screens twice – as part of the Best of Fest, Camera in Focus section at IDFA, and at Argentina’s Mar del Plata Festival.
When asked about the appeal of documentary as a medium, Abramovich told Variety “I think that reality is already a great fiction. That’s why I prefer to work with real people and with their own stories and experiences.”