Lucía Puenzo Headed to Cannes' A Certain Regard


The Cannes Film Festival announced last Friday some additional titles for both its Official Competition as well as its A Certain Regard Section which include Wakolda (pictured) the newest film by Argentinean filmmaker Lucía Puenzo (XXY, El niño pez / The Fish Child).

Puenzo's Wakolda joins Mexican film La Jaula de Oro by Spanish-born director Diego Quemada-Diez, as the two only Latin American feature films competing in the A Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival.

Starring Natalia Oreiro, Diego Peretti and Àlex Brendemühl and based on Puenzo's own novel of the same name, Wakolda tells the story of a German man who meets an Argentinean family in an isolated region of Patagonia and asks them to guide him in a convoy along a deserted route known as the route of death. The traveler is Josef Mengele, the infamous “Angel of Death” who performed gruesome experiments on concentration camp inmates during Nazi Germany.

Quemada-Diez's debut feature film follows a group of Central-American and Mexican children, documenting their harrowing journey toward California, their arrival, and experiences in the U.S.

The 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival will take place May 15 - 26.