María José’s life moves back and forth between the monotony of her classes at the university, her eternally distant parents, rugby training, and dares with her gay friend. Emotionally disconnected from her environment, when she meets Javier, who quickly sparks her interest, she tries to start a relationship with him. But all her efforts to live a “normal” life don’t seem to succeed. As it turns out, María José is carrying a secret that everybody refuses to notice: she is a few months into her pregnancy. Alexandra Salazar’s nuanced portrait of contemporary womanhood and social isolation forms part of a new wave of Costa Rican film focused less on traditional narrative and more on mood-driven cinema. (Preceded by an added screening of CALAGUALA, Ecuador, 15 min. Director in attendance).
The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival is a registered charitable organization with the mission to provide a forum for the promotion and exhibition of Latin American cinema in Vancouver. This 11-day annual festival encourages dialogue among cultures, and explores and celebrates the art of contemporary Latin American and Latin-Canadian filmmaking.