Nobody's Watching

(Nadie nos mira)
Julia Solomonoff | Drama, Fiction

2017 | 102 minutes | Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, United States

A fresh and unexpected take on the immigrant tale, where the journey is not to get a green card but confronting the true reasons for leaving home and redefining one’s identity in one’s own terms.


What happens when a man who is accustomed to being the centre of attention finds himself becoming invisible? When a life busked from cash in hand jobs trips into freefall? Julia Solomonoff’s delicately textured character study follows Nico, the former star of an Argentinian soap opera, who trades autograph hunters for anonymity and moves from Buenos Aires to New York to take a role in an indie movie. When the project stalls, he chooses to stay believing that his talent will help him find success. Too blond to play Latino and his accent too strong to play anything else, Nico falls through the cracks and must juggle odd jobs to survive. Unwilling to return home and be seen as a failure, Nico manages to stay afloat thanks to his ability to pretend to be something he isn’t.

Nobody’s Watching is a fresh and unexpected take on the immigrant tale, where the journey is not to get a Green card but confronting the true reasons for leaving home, and redefining one’s identity in one’s own terms.


"NYT Critic's Pick. There's a slight and not unpleasing paradox at the heart of Julia Solomonoff's smart and engaging new movie, Nobody's Watching. It is an uncommonly unhurried film about a character for whom time is running out." — Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

"Solomonoff has crafted an arresting tale of privilege and displacement, of the ironies of navigating American society as an outsider, of what newcomers expect of New York and what it actually offers." — Alan Scherstuhl, The Village Voice

"The film ripples with a palpable sense of the sheer distance between Nico and his goals. And it's this careful attention to narrative rhythm that strikes at the heart of the interminable sense of postponement that greets Nico at every juncture and underscores the social challenges he (or any other undocumented immigrant) faces." — Peter Goldberg, Slant

Main credits

Lazaridi, Christina (screenwriter)
Solomonoff, Julia (screenwriter)
Solomonoff, Julia (film director)
Raffo, Felicitas (film producer)
Pfening, Guillermo (actor)
Roger, Elena (actor)
Ferro, Rafael (actor)
Caponi, Marco Antonio (actor)

Other credits

Cinematography, Lucio Bonelli; music, Sacha Amback; editing, Karen Sztanjberg, Andrés Tambornino, Pablo Barbieri.

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Havana Film Festival
Tribeca Film Festival - Best Actor
Gijón International Film Festival
Calgary International Film Festival
Rome Film Festival
Vancouver LatAm Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Julia Solomonoff

NATIONALITY: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, United States

YEAR: 2017

GENRE: Drama, Fiction

LANGUAGE: Spanish; English

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: College, Adults



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