La Ciénaga

Miami Beach Cinematheque. Jan 16th, 2010. 7:00 p.m.

As part of the series “Argentina’s Auteur: Lucrecia Martel”, the Miami Beach Cinematheque presents the Miami theatrical premiere of the Argentine film La Ciénaga, directed by Lucrecia Martel and featuring Mercedes Moran and Graciela Borges. Like Luis Buñuel before her, award-winning filmmaker Lucrecia Martel offers an unapologetic peek into the world of Argentina’s decadent bourgeoisie.

The film tells the story of Mecha (Graciela Borges), a middle-aged woman in her 50s who has several teenagers. Her husband Gregorio wants to remain looking young, and both of them have to deal with their gloomy Ameridian servants, whom Mecha accuses of theft and laziness. Both Mecha and Gregorio take to drinking to cope with day-to-day living.

In order to avoid the hot and humid weather of the city, the family spends their summers in their rural shabby country home that they have named “La Mandragora”.

Mecha’s cousin, Tali (Mercedes Moran), lives in the nearby city of La Ciénaga (The Swamp, in English) and has a brood of small, noisy children and a husband, Rafael, who loves his family and also hunts.
Before long, the crowded domestic situation in both homes strains the families’ nerves, exposing repressed family mysteries, and tensions that threaten to erupt into violence.

Miami Beach Cinematheque
512 Española Way
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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