Documentary Competition


Lola Arias
Festival Pops LGBTQIA+ Female Director 2024 82 min Argentina, Switzerland, Germany
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A genre-defying documentary musical in which former inmates take center stage.

Gentle or rough, blonde or shaved, cisgender or transgender, long-term inmates or newly admitted: in this hybrid musical, a group of women re-enact their lives in a Buenos Aires prison. The film is a collective work that reinvents the musical genre. The performers dance and sing about their past in prison, relive their life as fiction, and invent, through fantasy and imagination, a possible future for themselves.

With her innovative and genre-defying approach to filmmaking, Lola Arias deftly forges an entertaining yet moving portrait of former inmates in the now-abandoned setting of Caseros Prison. Strong visuals and memorable song-and-dance numbers combine fact and fiction, documentary and musical.


  • Yoseli Arias
  • Ignacio Amador Rodriguez
  • Estefy Hardcastle


  • Lola Arias


  • Martín Benchimol


  • Sofia Straface
  • Daniel Almada


  • Ulises Conti


  • Gema Films
  • Sutor Kolonko
  • Mira Film


Sunday 03 March 2024 10:30
Lieux : Kinepolis Kirchberg
Audio : Spanish
Subtitles : English
Screening : Press Screening
Friday 08 March 2024 20:45
Lieux : Ciné Utopia
Audio : Spanish
Subtitles : English
Screening : Public Screening
Sunday 10 March 2024 16:00
Lieux : Cinémathèque
Audio : Spanish
Subtitles : English
Screening : 1st Screening

Lola Arias

Lola Arias
Lola Arias

Born in 1976, Lola Arias is an Argentine writer, director, and interdisciplinary artist. After graduating with a degree in literature from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, she went on to study dramaturgy at the Escuela de Artes Dramáticas (Buenos Aires), the Royal Court Theatre (London) and Casa de América (Madrid). Her first feature-length film, Theatre of War (2018), received numerous awards, including the CICAE Art Cinema Award wich is the International Confederation of Art House Cinemas Award. Reas is her second film.


  • Reas (documentary) 2024
  • Theatre of War (documentary) 2018
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