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SPA21 The Adopters

18+ 105 MIN
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Martin (Diego Gentile, Wild Tales SFF15) and Leonardo (Rafael Spregelburd, One Night of Love LATFF17) are a loving, middle-aged couple who have been together for a decade. Successful, happy and fully committed to each other, they would seem to have it all… until Martin’s announcement that he wants to adopt a child upends their lives.

With Buenos Aires as a backdrop, these two men – Leonardo, an adopted child himself; and Martin desperate to be a dad before he is too old – find themselves at a crossroad that may ruin their happy-ever-after. A bizarre triangle is created when Martin is drawn to a female athlete who suggests he could be her biological sperm donor.

Using both humour and pathos to tell a touching tale about family, identity, change and insecurity, The Adopters comes based on the director Daniel Gimelberg’s own experience as a gay man and an adoptee. The honesty of his storytelling gives this film a refreshing authenticity that can’t help but touch at the hearts of audiences of all persuasions.


OFFICIAL SELECTION: International Film Festival Cine del Mar – Punta del Este 2020 

OFFICIAL SELECTION: Santiago International Film Festival 2020 

OFFICIAL SELECTION: International Festival of New Latin American Cinema of Havana 2019


"A modern romantic comedy without prejudices that addresses the vicissitudes of a gay couple."

- La Nación

Movie Information

Release date

Tuesday 20th April


105 min




Rafael Spregelburd, Soledad Silveyra, Diego Gentile, Florencia Peña


Daniel Gimelberg


Film Festival


Spanish with English subtitles

Participating Cinemas

Palace Balwyn Cinema, Palace James Street, Palace Barracks, Palace Norton St, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Verona, Palace Westgarth, Pentridge Cinema, Chauvel Cinema, Palace Electric, Palace Byron Bay, Palace Central Sydney, Kino Cinema, Palace Raine Square