Natalia Beristain's debut feature film No quiero dormir sola / She Doesn't Want to Sleep Alone (pictured) will have its World Premiere at the 27th edition of the Venice Film Festival's Critics' Week, it was announced today. The Mexican film will participate in the competition of this independent section of the festival along with other six films from countries such as China, Sweden, Italy, and Romania.
Starring Mariana Gajá and Adriana Roel, Beristain's film tells the story of Amanda, who has a problem, if she is alone, she can’t sleep. Her days pass in a calm, orderly fashion; she fills her nights with lovers that help her pass the hours. Her world is upset overnight when she has to take care of her old and alcoholic grandmother Dolores, a retired actress who now lives on memories of her past glory.
The winners of the Venice Critics' Week films will be selected by the audience with a cash prize of 5,000 euros. All the film entries will compete alongside titles in the Official Selection for the festival's Golden Lion of the Future. The 69th edition of the Venice Film Festival runs August 29 through September 8.