On the 11th of January the Anglo Chilean Society hosted an online interview with Chilean filmmaker Maite Alberdi, to discuss her latest documentary “The Mole Agent”. This event was organised in conjunction with the film’s UK distributor, Dogwoof, who were supported by the Society through the Alan Macdonald endowment.
“The Mole Agent” tells the story of a private investigator who hires 83-year old Sergio to work as a mole at a retirement home where a client of his suspects the caretakers of elder abuse. While working as an undercover spy, Sergio learns a deeper lesson on human connection. This endearing, funny and touching documentary has been shortlisted for both the Best Documentary and Best Feature Film categories in the upcoming Academy Awards, and it is also nominated for a Goya Award and a Spirit Award.
During our conversation with Maite, which was conducted by ACS Committee member and Cultural Attaché at the Chilean Embassy, Catalina Herrera, Maite shared details on her filmmaking journey, the lessons she learned in the process, and several interesting anecdotes about what happens behind the scenes when filming a documentary and dealing with real people’s emotions.
The event was promoted by Dogwoof and the Society, and livestreamed onto our Facebook page. Attendees displayed great interest by posting many questions for Maite, and we tried to make time to answer as many as we could.