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Another family unhappy in its own way
Thursday, September 26th, 2019

A Thief’s Daughter is Spanish director Belen Funes’s feature debut and is competing in the Official Selection. Several journalists at the press conference she gave yesterday after the screening of her film all mentioned that the great merit of the film was that the audience had to construct the before and after of the characters through clues left in the present as the past is only insinuated. The director explained that she had wanted to explain the film in the present, and that one of the biggest difficulties that they had faced had been to strike a balance as far as providing information was concerned so that the film could be understood without it being too obvious. The stars of the film, Greta and Eduard Fernández, who play the father and daughter, actually have the same relationship in real life, which they felt was something that helped to make it much more authentic. Greta Fernández also mentioned that she had really wanted to play a leading role as important as this one: “this film was not only a first opportunity for Belén but also for me.” And according to Belén Funes, most of the films that are shot about youngsters are usually coming-of-age stories, but the main character in her film is someone who has already seen it all although she is still only twenty-one.

 

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