The Other Tom

El otro Tom

62nd TIFF: World Premiere

In this devastating portrait of motherhood and stigma, Tom is diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and given psychiatric medication, but a strange accident alerts his mother, Elena, as to their side effects. When she refuses to continue administering him the drugs, Social Services will threaten to take Tom from her...

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market.

Direction: Rodrigo Plá, Laura Santullo
Script: Rodrigo Plá, Laura Santullo
Cinematography: Odei Zabaleta
Editing: Miguel Schverdfinger
Sound: Anuar Yahya, Chema Ramos, Maria Alejandra Rojas
Actors: Julia Chávez, Israel Rodríguez
Production: Buenaventura Cine, BHD Films
Producers: Gabriela Maldonado, Alejandro De Icaza, Rodrigo Plá, Laura Santullo
Costumes: Malena De La Riva
Production Design: Ana Bellido
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Mexico, USA
Production Year: 2021
Duration: 111'
Contact: BHD Estudios

Rodrigo Plá

Rodrigo Plá was born in 1968 in Uruguay. Since 1977 he has lived in Mexico. He is a recognized director, producer and screenwriter. He made the feature films La Zona (Venice International Film Festival, 2007), The Desert Within (closing film in Critics’ Week, Cannes Film Festival 2008), The Delay (Berlinale’s Forum, 2012). A Monster with a Thousand Heads (Orizzonti section, Venice International Film Festival, 2015) and The Other Tom recently concluded and awaiting its festival trajectory. His films have been commercially released in many different countries and have obtained multiple national and international awards and distinctions.


2007 The Zone
2008 The Desert Within
2012 The Delay
2015 A Monster with a Thousand Heads
2021 The Other Tom

Laura Santullo

Laura Santullo is an Uruguayan filmmaker and author based in Mexico. She is internationally recognized for her work as a screenwriter, collaborating with film director and life-partner Rodrigo Plá. Santullo has written the screenplays for all four of Plá’s feature films adapted from her stories, including A Monster with a Thousand Heads. As a screenwriter, she has received several awards for her work, including three Arieles, an award given by the Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences of Mexico, and the Best Screenplay Award at the Athens International Film Festival. She also holds nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Goya Awards in Spain and the Fénix Awards in the category of Best Script.


2021 The Other Tom