Films from Argentina and the Dominican Republic to Compete at Karlovy Vary

Miriam Lies  by Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada

Miriam Lies by Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada

The Karlovy Vary Film Festival—one of the world's oldest film festivals and one of the most important in Europe—has announced the lineup for its 53rd edition, which includes two Latin American titles: Sueño Florianópolis by Ana Katz from Argentina, and Miriam miente / Miriam Lies, the debut fiction film by Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada from the Dominican Republic. 

Katz's fifth feature film is a comedy set in the summer of 1990 and starring Mercedes Morán and Gustavo Garzón as an Argentine couple that despite that they're in mid-crisis, decide to go to Brazil on vacation taking advantage of a favorable exchange rate.

They drive a thousand miles to the Brazilian beaches of Florianópolis in their car with no air conditioning with their two teenage kids. In Brazil they meet a Brazilian former couple, now only friends, and they engage in a series of emotional encounters and sexual exchanges. 

Miriam Lies by filmmakers Cabral and Estrada (Tú y Yo, The Site of Sites) is a nuanced story of an adolescent girl in which a quiet middle class world of good intentions will begin to crumble when Miriam invites her black boyfriend to her fifteen birthday party. 

The Czech film festival will also screen the Cielo by Alison McAlpine, a Canadian-Chilean co-production, and The Best Thing You Can Do With Your Life by Zita Erffa, a German-Mexican co-production, both of them in the documentary competition.

The 53rd edition of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival will take place June 29 - July 7 in the Czech Republic.