Films

Undertow

Director: Javier Fuentes-León

Country:  Peru

Year of Production:  2009

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Synopsis

The winner of numerous audience awards internationally, including the 2010 Sundance World Cinema Audience Award, UNDERTOW (Contracorriente) is a bittersweet tale of lost love, set against the backdrop of Peru's stunning coastline.

Miguel (Cristian Mercado, Che), a respected local fisherman, is expecting his first child with his beautiful wife, Mariela (Tatiana Astengo). However, their peaceful existence is threatened by Miguel's love for Santiago (Manolo Cardona, Beverly Hills Chihuahua), a visiting artist whose presence is viewed as a threat by the villagers. When a fatal accident befalls the community, Miguel is faced with hiding his true feelings or coming to terms with who he is and risk losing everything, including those he loves.

Peruvian director Javier Fuentes-León's outstanding debut is both a ravishing portrait of a rural idyll and a moving exploration of the complexity of the human heart.

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Cast

Starring:  Cristian Mercado, Tatiana Astengo, Manolo Cardona

Credits

Director: Javier Fuentes-León

Writer(s):  Javier Fuentes-León

Producers:  Rodrigo Guerrero, Javier Fuentes-León

Editor:  Roberto Benavides, Javier Fuentes-León

Cinematographer:  Mauricio Vidal, ACDF

Music:  Selma Mutal

Production Details

Country:  Peru

Year of Production:  2009

Language:  Spanish

Subtitles: 

  • English

Duration:  100 minutes

Shooting gauge:  35mm

Original aspect ratio:  1.85:1

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Genre(s): 

  • Drama

Theatrical Release Date:  6th August 2010

DVD Release Date:  27th September 2010

Reviews

TIME OUT

"this is a true gem."

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HENRY FITZHERBERT, SUNDAY EXPRESS

"a sensitive, affecting and strongly acted romantic drama... bracing and fresh."

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HENRY FITZHERBERT, SUNDAY EXPRESS

DEREK MALCOLM, EVENING STANDARD

"nuanced and daring debut"

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DEREK MALCOLM, EVENING STANDARD

THE MAIL ON SUNDAY

"sexy... heart-rendering... beautifully shot"

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THE MAIL ON SUNDAY

THE GUARDIAN

"extraordinary"

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THE GUARDIAN

INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

"stroke of genius... a tender, unforced, well constructed and attractively shot fable about what it means to be a man."

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INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

METRO

"touching, funny and ultimately uplifting"

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METRO

GAY TIMES

"Sexy, intimate and complex, this Peruvian fable refuses to embrace simple resolutions."

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