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La puta y la ballena / The Whore and the Whale
New Directors

Without knowing when and how, Vera lost the pace: she?s stranded in Spain. Her marital crisis, the discovery of a lump in her breast, and a proposal to write the epigraphs of the photos of an Argentinian killed in the Spanish Civil War open the door to escape. In Buenos Aires she undergoes a masectomy and discovers the main clues to her next story. Disentangling the mystery of a whale that got stranded twice or of a chorus girl who works as a prostitute in Patagonia while following the steps of a photographer are only some of the excuses helping her to rediscover the person she once was. Alone at the end of the world, she will fall in love with a stranger in the same brothel bed as the heroes of her novel swore never to fall in love, will dance tango with death and will bury the past in the depths of the sea.
BIOGRAPHY
Buenos Aires, 1946. Shook the foundations of the advertising film world, a field he entered at the age of 16, becoming one of the most imaginative and intuitive directors in his speciality and garnering international awards. He debuted in feature films with Luces de mis zapatos (1973), later filming Las sorpresas (1975) and La historia oficial (The Official Story, 1985), with which he won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Old Gringo (Gringo viejo, 1989), With Open Arms (1990) and La peste (The Plague, 1992) were his most recent works until La puta y la ballena. He was a member of San Sebastian?s Official Jury in 1992.
CAST & CREW
Director
Luis Puenzo
Screenplay
Luis Puenzo, Lucía Puenzo, Ángeles González-Sinde
Photography
José Luis Alcaine
Edition
Hugo Primero
Music
Daniel Tarrab, Andrés Goldstein
Cast
Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Mercè Llorens, Miguel Angel Solá, Edward Nutkiewicz
Running Time
125 m.
Country
Argentina-Spain
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