Strand Releasing has announced the U.S. theatrical release of The Desert Bride, the debut feature by Argentine filmmakers Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato, which had its world premiere at Cannes' Un Certain Regard last year. Starring acclaimed Chilean actress Paulina García (Gloria, Little Men, the film, opens at the IFC Center in New York City on May 4, followed by the Laemmle's Royal Theatre & Playhouse 7 in Los Angeles on May 11.
Hailed as a “a captivating two-hander, as soothing as a desert breeze” (The Hollywood Reporter), The Desert Bride tells the story of Teresa, a 54-year-old woman who has worked for decades as a live-in maid with a family in Buenos Aires. When the family sells the house, she is forced to take a job in the distant town of San Juan. Although feeling uncomfortable with traveling, she embarks on a journey through the desert.
During her first stop, in the land of the miraculous “Saint Correa”, she loses her bag with all her belongings. This unexpected incident leads her to cross paths with El Gringo (played by Claudio Rissi), a traveling salesman and the only person who can help Teresa find her bag. What seemed like the end of her world will ultimately prove her salvation.