Undertow

April 6-7
Undertow (Peru, 2010, 100 min)

An official selection for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and winner of several other international film awards, Undertow tells the unconventional love story with all the tenderness and care of the traditional.  Set in a tiny and remote village on the seaside of Peru, Miguel (Cristian Mercado) is ecstatically awaiting the birth of his son. With shots of him caressing his young bride Mariela’s (Tatiana Astengo) growing belly, the audience is torn between Miguel’s gentle caresses of his wife and those of his gay lover, Santiago (Manolo Cardona). Written and directed by Javier Fuentes-León, Undertow pushes the boundaries of the imaginary to depict Miguel coming to terms with his sexuality. Unlike the typical love story, Fuentes-Leòn manages to slide the affairs around each other and creates an emotional struggle that anyone who has ever been in love will find endearing and real.