The Practice

La Práctica

64th TIFF: Greek Premiere

A spiritual and tangible exploration of the (end of a) relationship between a man and a woman, both yoga instructors, who are learning to maneuver through new, uncomfortable positions as they journey towards middle age. Alongside an assortment of eccentric satellites, they confront a cascade of peculiar circumstances. Eventually, they find solace in life's most complex and simple practice, aptly named existence. A subtle comedy that, much like a lesson starting from a yoga mat, sharpens our skills in concentration, relaxation, flexibility, and stability, inviting us to let ourselves go with the flow and “dig deeper,” all while offering astute commentary on Western society's obsession with well-being (as a panacea for all ills…). All of this is presented in the distinct style of Argentina's most idiosyncratic and curiously underrated filmmaker (in Greece), the mastermind behind the unparalleled Sylvia Prieto - with a Doric tone adorned with touches of the absurd, interstellar humor conveyed through laconic one-liners, and profound emotions encapsulated in small yet endearing characters. A generous film, akin to a precious ‘namaste,’ that effortlessly encourages us to discover our own mantra.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market TIFF64.

Direction: Martín Rejtman
Script: Martín Rejtman
Cinematography: Hugo Azevedo
Editing: Federico Rotstein
Sound: Guido Deniro
Music: Santiago Motorizado
Actors: Esteban Bigliardi, Manuela Oyarzún, Amparo Noguera, Camila Hirane, Gabriel Cañas, Victor Montero
Production: Rosa Filmes, Quijote Films, Un Puma, Pandora Film Produktion, Africa
Producers: Joaquim Sapinho, Victoria Marotta, Christoph Friedel, Florencia Larrea, Marta Alves, Jerónimo Quevedo, Giancarlo Nasi, Claudia Steffen, Fernando Bascuñán, Martín Rejtman
Costumes: Flora Caligiuri
Production Design: Francisca Correa
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Argentina, Chile, Portugal, Germany
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 95'
Contact: Visit Films

Martín Rejtman

Martin Rejtman studied filmmaking at New York University. Before his debut feature, Shaven (1992), he wrote and directed two medium-length films: Doli Goes Home (1984–2004) and Sitting on a Suitcase (1986). Later he made Silvia Prieto (1999); The Magic Gloves (2003); the documentary Copacabana (2006); Elementary Training for Actors, co-directed with Federico León (2008); Two Shots Fired (2014), and the short film Shakti (2019); The Delivery Man is on the Way (2023), documentary, and The Practice, feature-length film (2023). During the past years, there have been several retrospectives of his work (BAFICI; Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California; Festival de Valdivia; Harvard Film Archive; Jeonju International Film Festival, South Korea; Lincoln Center, New York; Tabakalera, San Sebastián; Cinemateca Portuguesa, MUBI, etc.). Rejtman is a writer as well as a filmmaker: He published Shaven (Planeta, Buenos Aires, 1992), Thirty-Four Stories, Velcro and Me (Planeta, Buenos Aires, 1996), Literature and Other Stories (Interzona 2005/ Random House Mondadori 2018), and Three Tales (Mondadori, 2012), among other books.


1992 Cropped Head
1999 Silvia Prieto
2006 Copacabana (doc)
2014 Two Shots Fired
2023 The Practice