Cannes 2019: Melina León Becomes First Peruvian Female Director to Be Selected by the French Festival


Melina León has become the first Peruvian female director to ever been selected for one of the sections of the Cannes Film Festival, her debut feature Song Without a Name / Canción sin nombre will have its world premiere as part of the 51st edition of Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes’ independent non-competitive parallel section.

Song Without a Name is based on a true story is set in Peru, at the height of the political crisis of the 1980’s. Georgina is a young woman from the Andes whose newborn daughter is stolen at a fake health clinic. Her desperate search for the child leads her to the headquarters of a major newspaper, where she meets Pedro Campos, a lonely journalist who takes on the investigation.

León is a director based in Lima and New York. She studied film and video at the University of Lima and studied film directing at Columbia University. Her short film El Paraíso de Lili, was officially premiered at the New York Film Festival and has been selected at more than 20 international festivals, winning 11 awards, including the best Latin American short film at the Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival.