Oscar Watch: Peru - Undertow (Contracorriente), directed by Javier Fuentes-León

by Sydney Levine
January 10, 2011 3:30 AM
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Then there is Contracorriente from Peru. After its great success at San Sebastian, Sundance, and LALIFF, this great film is receiving good solid distribution from Wolfe Releasing and The Film Collaborative and good solid international representation from Shoreline. This is one of the most beautiful love stories I've ever seen, and it's gay too. What a beautiful film...still in theaters...catch it while you can, you won't regret it.

An unusual ghost story set on the Peruvian seaside; a married fisherman struggles to reconcile his devotion to his male lover within his town's rigid traditions

Shoreline picked it up for international sales at Ventana Sur 2009. Wolfe Releasing picked it up for U.S. and will work with The Film Collaborative to market it. It's also sold to Ecuador's Escalon Films, Puerto Rico's Wiesner Distribution, Spain's Karma Films, United Kingdom's Axiom Films International, Netherlands' Cinemien, Brazil's Alberto Bitelli Intl. Films, Colombia's Dynamo Capital, Benelux's Homescreen.

Festival exposure includes Spain – 23 September 2009 (San Sebastián Film Festival) winner Sebastiane Award, USA – 26 January 2010 (Sundance Film Festival) winner Audience Award, USA –10 March 2010 (Miami Film Festival) winner Audience Award, USA –3 June 2010 (Seattle International Film Festival), USA –17 June 2010 (Provincetown International Film Festival), USA – 22 June 2010 (FRAMELINE San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival), UK – 26 June 2010 (Edinburgh Film Festival), USA – 13 July 2010 (Outfest Film Festival), Japan –19 July 2010 (Tokyo International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival), USA – 24 August 2010 (Los Angeles Latino Film Festival), Canada – 17 September 2010 (Atlantic Film Festival), France – 28 September 2010 (Biarritz Latin film Festival), Germany – 7 October 2010 (Hamburg Film Festival), Brazil – 11 November 2010 (Mix Brasil), France – 21 November 2010 (Paris Gay & Lesbian Trans Film Festival), Montreal World Film Festival winner Audience Award, Chicago Latino Film Festival winner Audience Award, Chicago Latino Film Festival winner Audience Award, Chicago Latino Film Festival winner Audience Award.

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  • Lisa | January 10, 2011 5:18 AMReply

    It also showed at the San Diego Latino Film Festival (March 11-21) in 2010. One of my favorites from the line-up!

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