Taekwondo
Taekwondo

After the success of films Plan B, Absent and Hawaii, Marco Berger continues to develop his status as a queer auteur with Taekwondo. For his latest effort, Berger has teamed up to co-direct with fellow Argentinian Martín Farina, whose previous work includes the voyeuristic cinematography in soccer documentary Fulboy.

Taekwondo offers similar tropes to Hawaii, where we have the palpable romantic tension between two strapping young lads on a summer holiday. In this outing, we meet the sweet Fernando hosting a summer getaway for the boys, including Germán, a shy teammate from his Taekwondo class. While the guys – often only in briefs or nothing at all – spend their holidays on typically laddish pursuits, drinking, smoking, and chatting about nothing at all, Germán is curious as to whether Fernando will make a move or if he is even gay at all. While Germán is clearly the odd one out in this party house, he feels comfortable in Fernando's company.

Keeping with both Farina and Berger's previous aesthetics, the film is full to the brim with voyeuristic gratification. Germán, and possibly Fernando, steal looks at the other's naked body and the camera always lingers exactly where you want it to linger.

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"Authentic take on homoerotic male bonding." – Buenos Aires Herald

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Classification: Over 15
Runtime: 105 mins
Year: 2016
Director: Marco Berger, Martín Farina
Producer: Veronica Argenzio, Marco Berger, Martín Farina
Country: Argentina
Language: Spanish with English subtitles
Cast: Gabriel Epstein, Lucas Papa, Nicolás Barsoff, Francisco Bertín, Andrés Gavaldá,Darío Miño, Juan Manuel Martino, Gastón Re, Arturo Frutos
Company Credits: World Sales: Outplay Films
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