The Amazing Catfish

  • 89'
  • Mexico
  • 2013
Director Claudia Sainte-Luce and her lead actors have received one award after the other since The Amazing Catfish premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in 2013.
This debut film tells a heart-breaking story with a light touch about young introverted Claudia, who after a short stay in hospital is adopted very naturally into the unruly household of her hospital roommate Martha. What starts off as a playful, modest friendship within Martha's hippie family and among her fast-talking daughters quickly becomes a precarious pact in which Claudia doesn´t want to lose her adopted family, and Martha and her daughters equally can´t live without Claudia.
It is no coincidence that the main character has the same first name as the filmmaker; this nimble film is also a very personal one. Director Sainte-Luce (1982) packages her serious subject in a dynamic, feminine drama that once again shows you don't need blood ties to be family.
Director
Claudia Sainte-Luce
Country of production
Mexico
Production Year
2013
Festival Edition
IFFR 2014
Length
89'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Los insólitos peces gato
Language
Spanish
Producer
Geminiano Pineda Moreno
Production Company
Cine Canibal
Sales
Pyramide International
Screenplay
Claudia Sainte-Luce
Cinematography
Agnès Godard
Editor
Santiago Ricci
Production Design
Barbara Enriquez
Sound Design
Frédéric Le Louet
Music
Madame Recamier
Cast
Ximena Ayala, Lisa Owen
Local Distributor
Imagine Filmdistributie Nederland
Website
https://imaginefilm.be/nl/films/vod/item/1142-the-amazing-catfish-1142