The Uruguayan film The Sharks / Los tiburones, the debut feature by writer-director Lucía Garibaldi, has topped the 24th edition of the Milan Film Festival winning the awards for Best International Feature and for Best Actress.
An engaging and provocative coming-of-age tale, The Sharks 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 Best Director Award in the World Cinema Dramatic competition at the Sundance 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.
The 24th edition of the Milan Film Festival took place October 4 - 10 in Italy.