The Sharks / Los tiburones, the debut feature by writer-director Lucía Garibaldi, will have its world premiere as part of the World Cinema Dramatic competition at the 2019 edition of the Sundance Film Festival, taking place January 24 – February 3 in Park City, Utah. The Sharks is the first Uruguayan film to ever compete at the Park City event.
An engaging and provocative coming-of-age tale, the film tells the story of 14-year-old Rosina (played by the wonderful newcomer Romina Bentancur), who lives in a quiet and small beach resort rumored to be plagued by sharks. Upon meeting the older Joselo, she feels a desire to bridge the distance between them and begins to circle him, as if inspired by the mysterious predators.
An assured and understated debut feature, The Sharks adds Garibaldi’s name to an exciting list of powerful female voices emerging in Latin America cinema. Winner of the prestigious Work in Progress / Cine en Construcción Prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival, The Sharks is yet another new highlight for Uruguayan cinema, which is leaving an indelible mark in the renaissance of South American cinema of recent years.