Lalo (32) lives in Oaxaca, in a mountain town in southern México, where he works in a factory. His parents don’t know that he is a sex influencer. Nor do they know that he is HIV positive.
Lalo spends all his time developing different characters. He auditions for a porn movie. “Why do you want to do porn?” they ask. “Because I like to be seen”.

PORNOMELANCHOLIA reflects on the limits of intimacy in a time when everyday life and subjectivity have become a show for the gaze of others.

Manuel Abramovich

Manuel Abramovich (b. Buenos Aires, 1987) is a filmmaker and director of photography.
His work explores the performativity of the everyday. In his films, ordinary people become characters.
He graduated as a Director of Photography at ENERC and is a Berlinale Talents and IDFA Summer School alumni.
His films have been shown at festivals such as Berlinale, Venice, Tribeca, MoMA Doc Fortnight, Viennale, IDFA, San Sebastián, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Cinéma du Réel, BAFICI and received numerous awards.
His first short film ‘The Queen’ won over 50 international awards, while ‘Blue Boy’, his latest work, won the Silver Bear at the Berlinale Shorts Competition 2019.
In the last years, he has been invited as a lecturer and mentor in institutions such as Princeton University, Werkleitz Center, Berlinale Talents, UnionDocs, Tres Puertos Cine, IDFA, Maestría de Cine Alternativo EICTV Cuba.
Manuel is currently editing his fourth feature film ‘Pornomelancholia’, while working on the development of two new projects: ‘Cowboy Love’ and ‘The Pain’.


2019. Blue Boy, 19min
2017. Años Luz (Light Years), 72min
2017. Soldado (Soldier), 73min
2016. Solar, 75min
2014. Las Luces (The Lights), 6min
2013. La Reina (The Queen), 19min


DIRECTED BY Manuel Abramovich
CO PRODUCED BYRachel Daisy Ellis (BR), David Hurst (FR)
SCRIPT BYManuel Abramovich