Playback, rehearsal of a farewell
Agustina Comedi, Argentina, 14’, 2019


Argentina in the late 1980s: Catholic, conservative and shaped by a military dictatorship. “La Delpi”, the sole survivor of a group of transgender women and drag queens, talks about how their shows in basement theatres galvanised the community and helped them in their struggle against AIDS and police violence. How they healed their wounds with lipstick, playback performances and improvised stage outfits. And how they invented happy endings for those who were to die. A farewell letter compiled from VHS memories.


Cast: Marcos García, La Delpi. Martín Shanly

Written and directed: Agustina Comedi
Cinematography: Magalí Mérida
Editing: Valeria Racioppi
Sound Design: Guido Deniro
Art Director: Federico Tapia, Martín Paolorossi
Costumes: Romina Gutiérrez
Assistant Director: Paula Ailén Belli
Colourist: Ada Frontini
Visual Effects: Bruno Fauceglia
Production Manager: Ana Lucía Frau
Producer: Magalí Mérida


Best Short Film / National Competition – Mar del Plata International Film Festival 2019
Teddy Award to Best Short Film – Berlinale 2020
Special Mention of the Jury – Kreivės Vilnius Queer Festival 2020
Audience Award / National Short Film Competition – FestiFreak International Independent Film Festival 2020
“André S. Labarthe Award” for Best Short Film – Entrevues Belfort International Film Festival 2020
Punto de Vista International Documentary Film Festival
Thessaloniki International Documentary Film Festival
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival
Jeonju International Film Festival
Sheffield Doc/Fest.
Melbourne International Film Festival
Vancouver International Film Festival
Calgary International Film Festival
Olhar de Cinema, Curitiba International Film Festival
FicValdivia, Valdivia International Film Festival
Doclisboa International Film Festival
Leeds International Film Festival
Asterisco, International LGBTQ Film Festival
New Directors / New Films Festival
DocumentaMadrid International Documentary Film Festival
Nan Goldin Selects: Playback & Silence Is a Falling Body | Metrograph Cinema, NYC
Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin · Louvre Museum

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