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by Lucía Puenzo


Lala lives in one of Buenos Aires’ most exclusive residential areas. She is passionately in love with Guayi, a twenty-year-old Paraguayan girl who has been employed by Lala’s parents to work at their home. The two young women dream of living in Paraguay, somewhere on the banks of Lake Ypoá. To turn their dream into reality, they begin emptying wallets and purses, stealing all the cash that they can lay their hands on in the house. They collect their booty in an old shoebox. But, just like Pandora’s box, as soon as the carton is full, desire, jealousy and anger begin to emanate from within. This marks the starting point for their escape to the highway that links northern Buenos Aires with Paraguay. All kinds of mysterious events await Lala at Lake Ypoá, while Guayi is detained in a reform institution …

international title: The Fish Child
original title: El niño pez
country: Spain, Argentina, France
sales agent: MK2 Films
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Lucía Puenzo
film run: 96'
release date: ES 24/04/2009, FR 06/05/2009
screenplay: Lucía Puenzo
cast: Inés Efron, Emme, Pep Munné, Arnaldo André, Carlos Bardem
cinematography by: Rodrigo Pulpeiro
film editing: Hugo Primero
music: Andrés Goldstein & Daniel Tarrab, Laura Zisman
producer: Luis Puenzo, José María, Morales
production: Wanda Visión, MK2 Productions, Historias Cinematográficas (AR)
distributor: Wanda Visión, MK2 Diffusion (FR)

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Berlinale 2009 Panorama Special

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