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Song Without a Name

Canción sin nombre

Panorama | Contemporary World Cinema

For her feature debut, Peruvian director Melina León draws on true events to craft a haunting work of political cinema. Lima, 1988: poverty-stricken Georgina (Pamela Mendoza) gives birth at a dubious medical "clinic," only to see her child snatched away. She’s the victim of a conspiracy - one that, when uncovered, rocked the nation and made international news. There are three key figures in this film: Georgina, whose anguish burns off the screen; her husband Leo (Lucio Rojas), who is radicalized by the crime; and reporter Pedro (Tommy Párraga), who investigates it and finds more victimized mothers…

With its stark black-and-white cinematography, its simple, terse dialogue, and its use of Peruvian folk music and dance, Song Without a Name has the feel of a ceremonial act - a ritual lament. There’s something mesmerizing about the quiet tone, the dark shades, and the slowly deepening mystery; León has made a meditative thriller, one in which sadness and suspense radiate from every frame. Her work is also an act of reckoning with Peru’s political past - an angry story of the powerful against the powerless. "[A] bold, beautiful debut." - Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

Director Melina León
Country of Origin: Peru/Spain/USA
Year: 2019
Running Time: 97 mins
Format: DCP
Language:In Spanish, Quechua with English subtitles
Related Links: Trailer | Review
Cast: Pamela Mendoza, Tommy Párraga, Lucio Rojas, Maykol Hernández, Lidia Quispe
Producer: Inti Briones, Melina León, Michael J. White
Screenwriter: Melina León, Michael J. White
Cinematographer: Inti Briones
Editor: Melina León, Manuel Bauer, Antolín Prieto
Music: Pauchi Sasaki
Production Company: La Vida Misma Films
Print Source: Film Movement LLC


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