All the Cities of the North
Belén gets a job as a servant for a rich family in a gated community on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. It’s an eye-opening experience, particularly when she peeks through the branches while pruning the hedge and discovers something unheard-of: people with no clothes on! The walled enclave borders a nudist resort. Once she has overcome her diffidence, Belén quickly falls into a double life in which cupcake workshops are followed by esoteric Tantra sessions.
The sober persistence with which Belén carries on her investigation is reflected by the dry tone in which Valenta Rinner (Parabellum, IFFR 2015) juxtaposes two contradictory worlds in this social satire. On the surface, in both of these worlds everything is spotless and perfect in its own way, and the inhabitants are convinced of their own excellence. But disconcerting cracks soon appear in the façade. A dead bird in the swimming pool of the house where Belén works should have been taken as a warning.
Programme IFFR 2017
Coming-of-age drama in which a Puerto Rican teen girl is living at her strict grandmother’s house, waiting until she can move to America to be with her mom.