Lola Arias

AR / DE / CH
desired! – film lust & queer

Set in a former prison in Buenos Aries, this film tells the story of a group of cis and trans people who were all imprisoned in women’s jails in Argentina. The film is based on what was seen and experienced by the protagonists, who enact and fictionalise aspects of their own stories. Music plays a key role, with musical numbers repeatedly woven into the story. Some of the protagonists play in a band. One introduces voguing as a dance to the film, offering a choreography for the others. The film starts with Yoseli and her first day in prison. After her, an ever-growing group of people are introduced as she meets them in jail. The film takes aspects of their interwoven situations as its themes, including falling in love, family visits and the guards’ misbehaviour. Reas is not the first time director Lola Arias has worked with lay actors. The film developed out of workshops in prisons in Argentina. The closed, violent institution only allows the bodies trapped in the prison a limited opportunity for expression. So the workshops attempted to use bodywork and movement to counteract this restriction for a few moments. The first scene of the film, with Yoseli standing in the centre of our view, shows the violent force behind how prisons deal with inmates’ bodies. At the end, however, the focus shifts away from individual bodies to the building itself as the embodiment of incarceration.

Content note

Director / Script

Lola Arias


Martín Benchimol


Ana Remón, José Goyeneche

Sound Design

Sofía Straface, Daniel Almada


Ulises Conti


Estefy Harcastle, Carla Canteros, Noelia LaDiosa, Paulita Asturayme, Laura Amato, Pato Aguirre, Cintia Aguirre, Julieta Fernandez, Silvana Gomez, Daniela Borda, Jade De la Cruz Romero, Betina Otaso


Gema Juárez Allen, Clarisa Oliveri – Gema Films, Ingmar Trost – Sutor Kolonko, Vadim Jendreyko – Mira Film




Sutor Kolonko

Lola Arias

Lola Arias is an author, theatre director and film director. Her works repeatedly test the boundaries between fiction and reality. Since 2007, she has been working in the genre of documentary theatre. She studied literature, dramaturgy and film in Buenos Aries and London. Some of the venues that have staged her work include the Royal Court Theatre London, the Maxim-Gorki-Theater Berlin, the Stadttheater Bremen, the CTBA Buenos Aires and the Kammerspiele München. Her film career began with the video installation Veterans in 2014 at the Battersea Art Centre London. Her works have been screened internationally at film and theatre festivals, and in museums.

Filme von Lola Arias
Theatre of War 2018 | Veterans Installation (The Swimmer, The Voice, The Sinking of the Belgrano, Last Day of War, The Diary of a Soldier) 2014