The Mole Agent

An 83 year old first-time spy goes undercover in a retirement home to expose possible elder abuse, uncovering compassion and connection instead.

mole agent at the detective's office
Premiere Date
January 25, 2021
86:40 minutes
Funding Initiative
Series and Special Projects
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    2020 Academy Awards-Best Documentary Feature
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    2020 Cinema Eye Honors-Outstanding Original Score
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    2020 Independent Spirit Awards-Best Documentary
  • Director

    Maite Alberdi Soto

    Maite Alberdi Soto studied Aesthetics and Cinema in Universidad Católica de Chile. Her directorial work is characterized by characterized by the intimacy with which she portrays her characters. She teaches documentary filmmaking at different universities of Santiago, Chile, and is a co-author of the book Teorías del cine documental chileno 1957-1973. Show more She has directed Tea Time (“La once”) 2012; The Lifeguard (“El salvavidas”) 2011; The Hair Dressers (“Las peluqueras”) 2007; and The Trapeze Artists 2005. Show less

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    filmmaker Julie Goldman

    Julie Goldman

    Founded Motto Pictures in 2009. She is an Emmy Award-winning producer and executive producer of documentary feature films. Julie is producer of Life, Animated and executive producer of Weiner, both of which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Life, Animated won the US Documentary Directing Award and was released by The Orchard.  Weiner won the Show more US Documentary Grand Jury Prize and was acquired by IFC Films and Showtime.  She is executive producer of 3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets and Best of Enemies both of which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and were shortlisted for the 2016 Academy Award. Best of Enemies was released by Magnolia Pictures to critical acclaim and 3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets won a Special Jury Prize, was released by Participant Media and acquired by HBO for US broadcast. Julie produced Indian Point, which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and executive produced The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, both to be theatrically released summer 2016.  She also executive produced The Kill Team and Art and Craft, both released by Oscilloscope and shortlisted for the 2015 Academy Award and 1971, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2015. Julie produced three films that premiered in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival: Gideon’s Army, Manhunt and the Oscar shortlisted God Loves Uganda. She produced The Great Invisible, which won the SXSW Grand Jury Prize and was released by RADiUS TWC; We Are The Giant, which premiered at Sundance; A Place at the Table, which was released by Magnolia Pictures, and executive produced the Oscar shortlisted Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry and SXSW Grand Jury Prize winner Beware of Mr. Baker. Julie produced Buck, winner of the Sundance Documentary Audience Award, shortlisted for an Academy Award and one of 2011’s top five grossing documentaries. She consulted on the Academy Award-winning The Cove and produced the Oscar shortlisted Sergio. Some of Julie’s earlier films include: Easy Riders Raging Bulls, Cat Dancers, In The Shadow Of The Moon, Better The World, What Remains, Once In A Lifetime and Sketches Of Frank Gehry. Show less

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    The Film

    Rómulo is a private investigator hired to investigate a retirement home in Chile where residents may be victims of elder abuse. The only way to accomplish this, however, is to hire and train an elderly volunteer to blend in as a “mole agent” inside the home. Sergio, 83, thinks this will be a way to pass the time after losing his wife, but nothing can prepare him for the realities of senior living. Once he infiltrates the home, Sergio struggles with the surveillance technology and his role. As real life feelings of abandonment, loneliness, and frustration begin to set in, Sergio also finds compassion and community among the elderly.