Directed by Lucia Puenzo
Argentina, 2009, 35mm, 96 min
Wednesday, April 29
7:30PM | Regal 17
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Lucia Puenzo quickly made a name for herself with her debut film XXY, a haunting and beautiful story about an intersex boy finding his way through adolescence and a society that doesn’t understand him, and finding love and affection along the way.
In her newest film El NiÃ±o Pez (The Fish Child), Puenzo proves she is no one hit wonder as she delivers a film that is a sexy and captivating romantic thriller, set in the world of outdated class systems and rampant political corruption in modern day Argentina.
Lala is the daughter of a wealthy and powerful judge in Buenos Aires. Ailin is the family’s maid, whom Lala has harbored feelings for since her early youth. Their friendship soon develops into a torrid and secret affair, and they develop plans to leave the Argentinean capital for Ailin’s native Paraguay. When Lala’s father suddenly dies, Ailin becomes the primary suspect and is imprisoned for the crime. It is now up to Lala to free her lover if their dream is to become a reality. What follows is a story of suspense, intrigue, and determination.
Featuring an amazing cast, helmed by the beautiful and talented Ines Efron and Mariela Vitale, El NiÃ±o Pez is an engaging thriller that is undoubtedly the year?s most powerful lesbian film. In Spanish with English subtitles.
? Kareem Tabsch
Lucia Puenzo, director of the acclaimed 2007 Cannes Critics Week winner XXY, was born in 1976, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After studying literature, cinema and theater, she published three novels: El NiÃ±o Pez, 9 minutos and La maldiciÃ³n de Jacinta Pichimahuida. She has also directed short films, documentaries, and the telefilm Los Invisibles (2005).