Thirty-something Marina is going about her life as a dutiful daughter, girlfriend and teacher when she wakes up one day to a completely new face. She promptly cuts herself off from friends and colleagues while pouring through personal and family archives to make sense of the surreal development. But with no practical solution in sight, she must contend with this new person staring back in the mirror. And suddenly, a world of possibility opens up. In her sophomore feature outing, Melisa Liebenthal (The Pretty Ones, IFFR 2016) continues to prod our image-obsessed culture with a, now signature, lighthearted touch. Once again using her own image as a starting point, she notably expands on her storytelling repertoire and crafts a textured study of one’s sense of identity that taps into both our collective nightmares and fantasies. She deftly plays with hybrid narrative and visual techniques while drawing from anthropological references, resulting in a delightfully cheeky thesis on the power of appearances.
C.I.C.A.E. Award, Berlin 2023
October 5 & 7: Q&A with director Melisa Liebenthal
Rocío Stellato, Vladimir Durán, Camila Toker, Roberto Liebenthal, Irene Bosch, Federico Sack
In Spanish with English subtitles
Eugenia Campos Guevara, Agustín Gagliardi
Eugenia Campos Guevara
Agustín Godoy, Melisa Liebenthal
Florencia Gómez García
Melisa Liebenthal’s work reflects on identity and its relation to the construction of an image. Her films explore and combine different materials with humor and playful spirit, from documentary and visual experimentation to narrative fiction, always keeping a lively awareness of the specificity of each type of image. Liebenthal is a film graduate at Universidad del Cine in Argentina and at Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains in France. She specialized in Editing and Dramatic Structure with professor Miguel Pérez in Argentina, and in Essay-Film at Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión (EICTV) in Cuba. She is a Berlinale Talents (2021) and FID Campus (2018) alumni.
Filmography: The Pretty Ones (2016)
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On the Go
Questioning her desire to have a child, a mid-thirties woman embarks on a road trip with her best friend, who is working through his own commitment issues. Their journey turns into a whirlwind of roadside drama and unexpected self-discoveries.
Residents of a Greek island prepare for fellow European tourists seeking the best summer experience their modest earnings can buy, the "animatuers" at the local hotel resort dust off their shiny costumes and dance to keep the masses entertained.
Three siblings live with an emotionally stunted mother on a remote island off the coast of Ecuador, cocooned and deeply mistrustful of the world outside their bubble. But dark secrets loom, pulling the eldest daughter toward city life.
The Sea and Its Waves
Like a film poem, The Sea and Its Waves follows a brother and sister as they pass through an almost deserted Beirut on their way out of the country. Bathed in moonlight and flickering city lights, this is atmospheric, transcendental cinema.
Tomorrow Is a Long Time
In this stirring coming-of-age drama grounded in the complex father-son dynamic, 16-year-old Meng is trying to find common ground with his emotionally distant father and military service is on the horizon.
The Face of the Jellyfish
Thirty-something Marina wakes up to a completely new face. Cutting herself off from friends and colleagues, she pours through family archives to make sense of the surreal development. With no practical solution in sight, a world of possibility opens up.
Let Me Go
This erotically charged drama centers on a mature single woman seeking companionship through intimate encounters with men staying at a remote Swiss mountain chalet. A modern romance featuring an enigmatic, meticulously put-together dame.