Archive Cinema City 2012.

The Student

El Estudiante

Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina
Year: 2011
Duration: 110 min

Director: Santiago Mitre
Scenario: Santiago Mitre

Cast: Esteban Lamothe, Romina Paula, Ricardo Felix, Valeria Correa

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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, The Student. 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.


Special Cine + Jury Prize, FF Locarno, Best Feature Film, FICCI FIPRESCI Prize, FICCI, Best Actor (for Esteban Lamothe), FICCI


Santiago Mitre was born in Buenos Aires. Before co-writing the feature films Lion’s Den (2008) and Carancho (2010), he wrote and directed the short film El Escondite (2002). He also co-wrote and co-directed the 2010 feature El amor (primera parte). The Student (2011) is his solo feature debut.