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Directed by Maria Alché

Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Norway 2018 91 mins. In Spanish with subtitles

Argentinian actress Maria Alché (Lucrecia Martel’s The Holy Girl) steps behind the camera with the sensitively-pitched A Family Submerged, one of the year’s most delicate debut films. Following the death of her sister, Marcela (Mercedes Morán) disconnects from her family and even her own home, increasingly drawn to the spirits of her forebears, who begin appearing in her modest Buenos Aires apartment. Meanwhile, Nacho (Esteban Bigliardi), a friend of Marcela’s daughter, starts coming around, and the two develop an uneasy bond in the face of personal tragedy. Beautifully lensed by the talented cinematographer Hélène Louvart, A Family Submerged is tender film about family, loss, and the ways in which critical life events shape our perception of the world. “Enigmatic, dream-like.” —Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter. Winner, Best Film, Horizontes Latinos, 2018 San Sebastián Film Festival.

Filmography: First feature

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