Undertow (image 1)

Strikingly photographed to accentuate the majestic Peruvian coastline, this sexy, haunting love story transcends place and time.

Sundance Film Festival

Screened as part of NZIFF 2010

Undertow 2009

Contracorriente

Directed by Javier Fuentes-León

This sensuous, sun-drenched fable tells of a macho small-town fisherman dividing his attention between his adoring wife and the handsome, bohemian outsider who becomes his lover. Audience Award Sundance 2010.

Colombia / France / Germany / Peru In Spanish with English subtitles
97 minutes

Director, Screenplay

Producers

Rodrigo Guerrero
,
Javier Fuentes-León

Photography

Mauricio Vidal

Editors

Roberto Benavides
,
Javier Fuentes-León

Music

Selma Mutal

With

Cristian Mercado (Miguel)
,
Tatiana Astengo (Mariela)
,
Manolo Cardona (Santiago)
,
Atila Boschetti (Sra. Rosa)
,
José Chacaltana (Héctor)
,
Maria Edelmira Palomino (Doña Flor)
,
Julio Humberto Cavero (Padre Juan)
,
Haydée Caceres (Trinidad)
,
Emilram Cossio (Pato)
,
Cindy Díaz (Isaura)
,
Juan Pablo Olivos (Tano)
,
Christian Fernández (Jacinto)

Festivals

San Sebastian 2009; Sundance 2010

Awards

Audience Award (World Cinema), Sundance Film Festival 2010

Elsewhere

Favoured with the Audience Award at Sundance in January, this sun-drenched fable tells of Miguel, a macho small-town fisherman intent on sustaining the attentions of his adoring, increasingly bewildered wife and the handsome, bohemian outsider who becomes his lover. Writer/director Javier Fuentes-León tempers his picture of Miguel’s increasing alienation from the tight coastal community with lyrical magic realism. Ultimately skirting the oppressive conclusions one fears, he defies – or possibly redefines – machismo with a rousing assertion of love, honour and courage. — BG

“Set in a ravenously beautiful seaside fishing village in Peru, Undertow contrasts the sensuous and free nature elements of the beach with the repressed and closed mindset of the villagers… Fuentes-León's delicately and sensuously illuminates this collision of contemporary sexuality with centuries of dogma and tradition.” — Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter