SIP FilmFest 2018: La novia del desierto / The Desert Bride

La novia del desierto / The Desert Bride

Directed by Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato, Argentina / Chile, 2017. Drama. 85 min. (trailer / details)
Organized by Sigma Delta Pi
Newcomb Hall Theater, University of Virginia

  • 5–6pm Reception
  • 6:15pm Opening Remarks
  • 6:20–6:30pm Introduction to the film
  • 6:30–8:30pm Film and discussion

54-year-old Teresa has worked for decades as a live-in maid with a family in Buenos Aires. When the family sells the house, she is forced to take a job in the distant town of San Juan. Although feeling uncomfortable with traveling, she embarks on a journey through the desert. During her first stop, in the land of the miraculous “Saint Correa”, she loses her bag with all her belongings. This unexpected incident leads her to cross paths with El Gringo, a traveling salesman, the only one who can help Teresa find her bag. What seemed like the end of her world will ultimately prove her salvation.

Awards and nominations:

  • Cannes, 2017: nominated for A Certain Regard & Caméra D’Or
  • Festival de La Habana, 2017: Best First Feature
  • Festival de Lima, 2017: Mejor Ópera Prima
  • Huelva Latin American Film Festival, 2017: Best Movie, Best Actress (Paulina García), Best Actor (Claudio Rissi)
  • Icaro-Festival de Cine y Video en Centroamérica, 2017: Best International Fiction Feature
Newcomb Hall Theater, University of Virginia
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Event Date: 
Thursday, September 27, 2018 4:00 PM