THE MOLE AGENT
Sergio is a Chilean spy. Sort of. At least, he is offered the role of one after a casting session organized by Detective Romulo, a private investigator who needs a credible mole to infiltrate a retirement home. Romulo’s client, the concerned daughter of a resident, suspects her mother is being abused and hires him to find out what is really happening.
However, Sergio is 83, not 007, and not an easy trainee when it comes to technology and spying techniques. But he is a keen student, looking for ways to distract himself after recently losing his wife. What could be a better distraction than some undercover spy action? While gathering intelligence, Sergio grows close to several residents and realizes that the menacing truth beneath the surface is not what anyone had suspected.
Maite Alberdi’s The Mole Agent is a stylish combination of an observational documentary and a spy movie, with sleek camerawork and wonderfully watchable characters. It’s a unique meditation on compassion and loneliness that will infiltrate your heart and never let go.
Director: Maite Alberdi
Producer: Marcela Santibañez
Executive Producers: Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn
Co-Producers: Ingmar Trost, Fleur Knopperts, Denis Vaslin, Marisa Fernandez Armenteros, María del Puy Alvarado
Cinematographer: Pablo Valdés
Editor: Carolina Siraqyan
Music By: Vincent van Warmerdam
FESTIVAL PREMIERE & AWARDS
Sundance Film Festival: 2020 Premiere
San Sebastián Film Festival: 2020 Audience Award
Academy Award Nomination: Best Documentary
63rd Ariel Awards: 2021 Best Ibero American Film
Premios Platino: 2021 Best Documentary Film
DOC NYC: 2020
New Directors New Films: 2020
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam: 2020