Argentina, Spain, France / 2011 / 96 min / Spanish and Guaraní with English subtitles
With Inés Efron, Mariela Vitale, Pep Munné, Diego Velázquez, Carlos Bardem
Celebrated writer-director Lucía Puenzo follows up her 2007 award winning film XXY, with this gripping tale of forbidden lesbian romance set on both sides of Argentina’s class divide. A privileged teenage daughter of a powerful judge, Lala has fallen hard for her family’s 20-year-old Paraguayan maid, Ailin. The girls hatch a plan to rob Lala’s family to fund their dream of living together in Paraguay, on the shores of Lake Ypoá. But while Lala waits to be reunited with her lover in Ypoá, Ailin is detained in the outskirts of Buenos Aires for a crime she did not commit. Beautiful cinematography, a compelling love story, and a touch of magical realism make The Fish Child is a must see film from one of the best Latin American female directors working today.
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Lucía Puenzo, began her career as a writer for television series and worked on The Whore and the Whale (La Puta Y La Ballena, 2004). In 2007 she shot her first movie, XXY a teen love story where sex plays an essential role. XXY was awarded the Cannes Film Festival’s Critic´s Week Award®, the Ariel® and Goya®Academy Awards as well as many other film festivals such as Athens, Bangkok, Cartagena, Edinburgh and Montreal. Puenzo is also a writer. She wrote The Fish Child (El Niño Pez, 2004), Nine Minutes (Nueve Minutos, 2005), The Curse of Pichimahuida Jacinta (La Maldición de Pichimahuida Jacinta, 2007), Rage of the Lobster (La Ira De La Langosta, 2009), and has been published in Argentina, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Brazil and the USA. In 2010 the British magazine Granta selected her as one of 22 best writers in Spanish under 35 years.
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