A film by Lucia Puenzo


Alex is a 15-year-old teenager with a heavy secret. Soon after her birth her parents decide to leave Buenos Aires to make a home out of an isolated wooden house tucked away in the dunes of the Uruguayan shoreline. Then a couple of friends from Buenos Aires comes visiting us with their 16-year-old son Álvaro. Álvaro´s father is a plastic surgeon who accepted the invitation because of his medical concern for Alex. The inevitable attraction between both teenagers forces them all to face their worst fears... Rumours are spreading around the town. Alex gets stared at as if she were a freak. People´s fascination with her can become dangerous.


Kraken : Ricardo Darín
Suli : Valeria Bertuccelli
Ramiro : Germán Palacios
Erika : Carolina Peleritti
Alvaro : Martín Piroyansky
Alex : Inés Efron
Juan : Guillermo Angelelli
Washington : César Troncoso
Esteban : Jean Pierre Reguerraz
Roberta : Ailín Salas
Vando : Luciano Nobile
Saul : Lucas Escariz


Screenplay: Lucia Puenzo, adapted from a story by Sergio Bizzio
Director: Lucia Puenzo
Photography: Natasha Braier
Sets: Roberto Samuelle
Camera operator: Nicolas Puenzo
Assistant director: Bruno Roberti
Editing: Alex Zito & Hugo Primero
Sound: Fernando Soldevilla
Music: Andrés Goldstein & Daniel Tarrab
Costumes: Manuel Morales & Luisina Troncoso
Make-up artist: Beatushka Wojtowicz
Hairdresser: Ricardo Fasan
Production coordinator: Fernanda Peralta
Production managers: Gustavo Guido & Deborah Kaganovicius
Line producers: Fernando Sirianni & Miguel Morales
Associate producer: Fabienne Vonier
Producers: Luis Puenzo & Jose Maria Morales

Production information

Co-production: WANDA VISION
Associate production: PYRAMIDE PRODUCTIONS
Distribution: PYRAMIDE

Technical information

Argentina - Spain - France
Year of production : 2007
Length : 91 mn

Festivals and awards

Cannes Film Festival 2007 - Critics' week : Grand Prize, Acid Prize/CCAS
Goya 2008 : Best Spanish Language Foreign Film 
Edinburgh Film Festival 2007 : Best director
Athens Film Festival 2007 : Best Film
Nominated to represent Argentina for the Academy Awards (2008)


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