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The Fish Child (El Niño Pez)

Lucía Puenzo
Argentina, Spain, France / 2011 / 96 min / Spanish and Guaraní with English subtitles

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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About the Director

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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RELATED SUBJECTS:
Adolescence / Coming of Age, Cultural Clash, Friendship, Gay and Lesbian, Women, Youth
Awards, Festivals, Screenings

Clarín®  Awards
- Best Debut Actress (Mariela Vitale), Nominated for Best Director, Best Film, Best Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Director, Best Make Up, Best Sound, Best New Actress

 

Berlin International Film Festival

Outfest – Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival

 

Frameline – San Francisco LGBT Film Festival

 

Malaga Spanish Film Festival
- Best Cinematography, Special Jury Award

 

Tribeca Film Festival

MoMA (Museum of Modern Art, NY)

 

Torino International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
- Best Feature Film

 

 

Quotes

“Simmering erotic tension! A couple against all odds turn to crime to realize their dream of being together.” – VARIETY

 

The Fish Child is an upstairs-downstairs cross-border lesbian love-on-the-run thriller.” – SCREEN DAILY

 

“The film is shot and edited delicately, making every inflection count.” – David D’Arcy, THE SCREEN DAILY

 

The Fish Child banks on the sizzle of its pair of young female stars and their enactment of class and erotic tensions to flavor its Sapphic noir melodrama.” – Bill Weber, THE SLANT MAGAZINE

 

The Fish Child is an enjoyably dark noir, with great performances from the leads, and wonderful direction from Puenzo.” – Ross McKenzie, THE FILM PILGRIM

 

“She challenges macho culture and its cruelty and corruption with an unblinking eye.” – Joan Burnett, SEEN MAGAZINE

 

“Appealing love story turns into exciting thriller.” – THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

 

“A dreamlike fairy tale, with magical imagery that really sparks the imagination.” – SHADOWS ON THE WALL

 

“Argentine director Lucia Puenzo follows up her multi-award winning feature XXY with a slick passionate thriller, The Fish Child… Ines Efron (XXY) and Mariela Vitale (Emme) are perfectly cast… Puenzo brings us LGBT films to be proud of.” – GaydarNation.com