The graffitied halls, run down classrooms and surrounding streets of the University of Buenos Aires provides the ideal location for Santiago Mitre’s briskly paced debut, El estudiante. Mitre brilliantly exposes the backroom dealings and negotiations in the murky world of student politics, a microcosm for the world at large, in this fictional account of a young man’s discovery of his talent for politicking through his seduction of an assistant professor and activist.
Santiago Mitre was born in Buenos Aires in 1980 where he studied at the Universidad del Cine. In 2008 he penned Pablo Trapero’s Leonera, presented in Competition at Cannes, and in 2009 he teamed up again with Trapero for Carancho (2010), which premiered at Un Certain Regard. Both features were Argentina’s entry for the Academy Awards. El estudiante (2011) is his first feature film.
Filmography: El estudiante (2011), El amor - primera parte (segment, 2005).