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WORLD NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION

THE FISH CHILD

Directed by Lucía Puenzo
FEATURE NARRATIVE 96 Minutes North American Premiere
FILM GUIDE THE FISH CHILD

Unassuming and pretty Lala (Inés Efron), a teenager from the most exclusive suburban neighborhood in Buenos Aires, is madly in love with Guayi (Mariela Vitale), her family's gorgeous 20-year-old Paraguayan maid. The two dream of living together in Paraguay and begin to steal and sell all they can get their hands on to fund their escape. But when their risky plan goes terribly wrong, Guayi disappears and is taken into custody for a crime she did not commit. Desperate, Lala will stop at nothing to be with Guayi again… even if it means unraveling the secrets of her dark, hidden past.

Likened to a bold Argentine Thelma and Louise, Lucía Puenzo's follow-up to her multiple award-winning XXY wraps a passionate love story in the arms of a pulsating thriller. Puenzo adapts her own novel of the same name with precision, beautifully aligning the content with its new form. This compelling, gritty, and involved love story is ambitious work and asserts Puenzo as a rising talent. The sultry Efron and Vitale supply fully charged performances, giving The Fish Child a unique power and depth.

Drama, Female Director(s)
About the Director(s)

Lucía Puenzo (b. 1976, Buenos Aires) won the Critic's Week Award in Cannes and a Goya Award for her first feature film, XXY. She published the novels El niño pez, 9 minutos, and La maldición de Jacinta Pichimahuida, which have been translated in Italy, Germany, Brazil, France, and the USA. She is next writing the novel La furia de la langosta.

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Film Info
  • Section:
    World Narrative Feature Competition
  • Year:
    2009
  • Length:
    96 minutes
  • Language:
    Spanish
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    North American
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Primary Cast:
    Inés Efron, Mariela Vitale, Pep Munné, Carlos Bardem, Arnaldo André, Diego Velazquez
  • Art Director:
    Mercedes Alfonsin
  • Sound:
    Fernando Soldevila
  • Editor:
    Hugo Primero
  • Screenwriter:
    Lucía Puenzo
  • Director of Photography:
    Rodrigo Pulpeiro
  • Producers:
    Luis Puenzo, Jose Maria Morales
  • Director:
    Lucía Puenzo

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