Friday, January 18
Round Room, Ford Center for Fine Arts
Film screening of El niño pez, the second film in the Pragda Spanish and Latin American film festival.
THE FISH CHILD (EL NIÑO PEZ)
Argentina, Spain, France / 2011 / 96 min / Spanish and Guaraní with English subtitles
Writer-director Lucía Puenzo follows up her 2007 award winning film, XXY, with this steamy tale of star-crossed love set on both sides of the class divide in South America. Lala (Inés Efron, in a performance called evocative of early Sissy Spacek and Chloë Sevigny) is the privileged teenage daughter of a powerful judge, and she’s fallen hard for her family’s maid, La Guayi (singer Mariela Vitale, making her feature-film debut). The two women plot to escape Buenos Aires and live together on the remote shores of Paraguay’s Lake Ypoá. Before they can carry out their plan, Lala’s father is murdered and she runs away from home and heads toward Guayi’s village in Paraguay, hoping that her lover will follow. While in Paraguay, she begins to explore Guayi’s troubled past. Meanwhile, Guayi is detained in a juvenile detention center in the outskirts of Buenos Aires. She turns out to be hiding a crime from long ago… Beautiful cinematography, a compelling story of love overcoming the odds, and a touch of magical realism make The Fish Child an escape from the ordinary. The film features an appearance by the Paraguayan musical group the Potrankos.
Film description taken from http://www.pragda.com/films/the-fish-child Trailers available at the website.