The Mole Agent

dir. Maite Alberdi / 2020 / Chile, Germany, Spain / 86min.
Oscar®-nominated story of a 83-year-old spy.

83-year-old Sergio is offered the role of a spy after winning 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. Sergio is no 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. While gathering intelligence, Sergio grows close to several residents and realizes that the menacing truth beneath the surface is not what anyone had suspected. This 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.

86 min
country / year of production:
Chile, Germany, Spain / 2020
Maite Alberdi
Pablo Valdés
Marcela Santibañez / Micromundo Producciones, Motto Pictures, Sutor Kolonko
selected festivals and awards:
2021 – Oscar® Nomination for Best Documentary Feature, 2021 – Winner Outstanding Original Score, Cinema Eye Honors, 2020 – Sundace FF, 2020 – Karlove Vary IFF, 2020 – IDFA Amsterdam, 2020 – San Sebastian IFF: Best European Film, Audience Award
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