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UNDERTOW

by Javier Fuentes-León

synopsis

In a tiny Peruvian seaside village, where traditions run deep, Miguel, a young fisherman, and his beautiful bride, Mariela, are about to welcome their first child. But Miguel harbors a scandalous secret. He's in love with Santiago, a painter, who is ostracized by the town because he's gay. After a tragic accident occurs, Miguel must choose between sentencing Santiago to eternal torment or doing right by him and, in turn, revealing their relationship to Mariela—and the entire village.

international title: Undertow
original title: Contracorriente
country: Peru, Colombia, France, Germany
sales agent: Memento Films International
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Javier Fuentes-León
film run: 102'
release date: NL 03/06/2010, FR 23/11/2011
screenplay: Javier Fuentes-León
cast: Cristian Mercado, Tatiana Astengo, Manolo Cardona
cinematography by: Mauricio Vidal
art director: Diana Trujillo
music: Selma Mutal Vermeulen
producer: Rodrigo Guerrero, Javier Fuentes-León
production: La Cinefacture, Neue Cameo Film, Elcalvo Films, Dynamo Producciones
backing: Conacine, Fonds Sud Cinema, Ibermedia, Filmstiftung NRW, Fondo de Desarollo Cinematografico
distributor: Cinemien, Outplay Films
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