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The Desert Bride

La novia del deserto

Panorama | Contemporary World Cinema

The wonderful Paulina García, best actress winner at the 2013 Berlin film festival and a hit with Vancouver audiences that year for her turn in Gloria, stars as Teresa, a maid who has been serving the same family for three decades. When the deteriorating Argentinean economy forces the family to let her go, they find her another job in far-off, desert-like San Juan. While en route to her new position, her bus breaks down in a pilgrimage town, and it is there that she meets "El Gringo" (Claudio Rissi), a charming and gallant travelling salesman, which in turn leads to possibilities she’d never even dreamt of before… Co-writer-directors Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato have crafted a warm-hearted charmer that serves as a superb vehicle for the multi-talented García and sounds a much-needed note of optimism on the cinematic landscape.

"A delicate late-life love story that is also a tale about the empowerment of a woman who has lived her whole life in the shadow of others, The Desert Bride stars Chilean actress Paulina García in a moving, quietly focused performance… [The film] carries itself lightly, charting with grace and sympathy the opening up of a closed bud of a woman when the world with which she is familiar falls from under her… A small delight, a perfect cinematic short story.—Lee Marshall, Screen

Canadian premiere
Country of Origin: Argentina/Chile
Year: 2017
Running Time: 78 mins
Format: DCP
Language:In Spanish with English subtitles
Cast: Paulina García, Claudio Rissi
Producer: Eva Lauría, Alejo Crisóstomo
Cinematographer: Sergio Armstrong
Editor: Andrea Chignoli
Music: Leo Sujatovich
Art Director: Mariela Rípodas
Production Company: El Perro en la Luna / Ceibita Films
Print Source: Tamasa Distribution

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