¡Viva! Film Festival
Thu 02 May 2019
£7* | £5* students/under 25s | 3 films for £18*
Dir Anahí Berneri
82 mins | Argentina | 2017
Spanish with English subtitles
Sofía Gala, Dana Basso, Silvina Sabater, Carlos Antonio Vuletich
This fifth film from writer/director Berneri is a superbly well-told tale of a young mother working as a prostitute in Buenos Aires. Winner of Best Director and Best Actress at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, the film portrays a proud young woman doing her best for her infant son, with the beautifully naturalistic performance enhanced by the real-life mother-son relationship.
Working conditions sometimes force Alanis into difficult and dangerous scenarios, but she is cast neither as a victim nor a weak woman. The deliberate lack of judgement of the oldest profession is refreshing with interesting reflections of the female archetypes of virgin, mother and whore set in a country where prostitution is legal but brothels are not.
¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Film Festival brings the best new cinema from Spain and Spanish-speaking Latin America to Exeter Phoenix with a curated selection of 5 films, which reflect the theme of Celebrating Women in Global Cinema. Each title places female creative talent in the roles of director, writer, producer or star at the foreground.
This season is brought to Exeter Phoenix with the support of Arts and Culture at University of Exeter.
Part of ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival 2019 tour, presented by HOME, Manchester, with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.